G. was born on 10 December
1878 in Stanislawow, Eastern Galicia, to well-off
parents. He learned in cheders, and until the age of
seventeen, in a kloyz (small synagogue) in Sadagora. He
never was greatly influenced to learn, although he often
received knocks from his father that he should learn.
Possessing a beautiful
voice, he considered the theatre, and when he left the
kloyz, he organized an "amateur" group, and with them
staged Goldfaden's "Shulamit" and Hurwitz's "Dos
poylishe yungl", in which he acted in lover roles.
At the age of nineteen he
became through Charles Nathanson who had then
guest-starred in Galicia, taken onto the professional
stage and thus he wandered across Austria, Hungary,
Germany, France, Belgium, Rumania and England, acting in
In England he became
acquainted with the actress Berta Axelrad, whom he
married, and they became engaged to Buenos Aires,
Argentina, where G. established the foundation for the
first stable Yiddish theatre.
For eighteen years G. was
the director of Yiddish theatre in Argentina, and during
that time prominent Yiddish actors guest-starred and
acted with him.