Born on 15 February
1892 in a village near Lechovitz, White Russia.
A year later his family moved to Mezbish,
Podolia region, and from there to Odessa. As a
child of nine, his parents sent him to his
grandfather, a shemash (sexton), in Lita
(Lithuania), intending to give him his
Jewish education Here he learned in various
cheders, ongeshrakhene from Kishinev's
pogrom, the family settling in Baranovitsh,
where due material conditions, H. had to
interrupt his studies and learn to be a
shoemaker. H. became a member of the "Kleynem
bund", then in S"s, tuliet zikh to the
intelligentsia, becoming a member in "amateur"
circles and acting in small roles in Yiddish and
in Russian with guest-starring itinerant
professional troupes. When Sholem Aleichem had
visited Baranovitsh, where he became ill, H. was
his guard, and was thus affected, that he
dedicated his performances to Sholem Aleichem's
In 1909 he arrived
in America, settling in Philadelphia, partly in
the "Hebrew Literature Society" with reviews and
declamations, and under the direction of writer
Moshe Katz, he acted in an entire series of
one-acters and plays "such as "Ger glkh" in
Strindbrg's "Father", "Abrush" in Hirshbein's "Nblh").
In 1913 H. participated as Slavic, Mexican and
Indian types in the silent "Lubin Film Company".
After his marriage
in 1915, he went over to New York, where he
worked in a shop of ladies' hats and lived
oys geystik the once popular "Shnorer
Association". In 1918, together with Berta
Kalich, Samuel Goldenburg and Eiyahu Tenenholtz,
he participated in a Sholem Aleichem yahrzeit
innovation(?), which drew the attention of the
critics as a Sholem Aleichem recitation. 1919 --
was assistant stage director in Schnitzer's "New
Yiddish Theatre", and participated in the
productions of "Shtumer moshiakh", "Bronx Expres"
and "Samson and Delilah".
Since 1932 H. has
dedicated himself to organizing and
participating in tours across the entire
American Jewish province, first with a concert
tour (organized by the Jewish National Labor
Union) for folksinger Chaim Katilanski, then
through other Jewish fraternal organizations
(Workmen's Circle, Jewish Welfare Board, and the
National Labor Union), later with large and
small theatre groups, which toured for fifteen
to twenty weeks every year each year across
cities and towns in the United States and Canada
with short Yiddish plays and concert numbers.
H., also had in
1918, participated in the "Yiddish Art Theatre"
in "Success" by Moishe Nadir, and in other
one-acters. In 1939 he participated (as "Zazule")
with Maurice Schwartz in the motion picture "Tuviya
der Milkhiger" by Sholem Aleichem, in 1945 with
Jacob Ben-Ami in Leivick's "Der poet iz blind".
In 1955 H. settled in the land of Israel and
there performed in thirty-two word concerts in
Yiddish, personifying Sholem Aleichem's heroes,
and in 1960 he participated, with Maurice
Schwartz (in English), in Singer's "Yoshe Kalb",
and (in Yiddish) in Leivick's "Shmates".