Kh. was born in 1900 in
Odessa, Ukraine, to well-to-do parents.
Until age eight he learned
in a cheder, afterwards for four years in the "first
government school". He often attended the Russian
theatre and then became familiar with an "amateur"
circle, joining as a "brunim" in Rakovf's "Der
talmud khokhem", later becoming the director of this
circle, performing in the chief roles of the "Talmud khokhem", "Yeshive bukher", "Hertsele myukhs" [a.d.g.]
In 1917 he performed as an
actor as "farmer" in Schorr's "Di amerikanerin" by
Rappel in [his] troupe and remained there as a
professional actor. In 1918-19 he acted in a miniature
theatre under the direction of Keyzerovitsh and
Sadigurski, and in the summer of 1919 with this troupe
across the province, afterwards entering into the Odessa
Yiddish State Theatre under the direction of Bertanov,
acting there until the beginning of 1921 and then went
on tour with a part of the troupe across the province.
For a certain time Kh. performed for the professional
theatre, was the director of a drama a club of [gev].
"Poaeli Zion", traveling to Novorossiysk and working
there as an employee in a store and at the same time
directing a Yiddish drama.
In 1923 he acted in the
Yiddish troupe of Chetshelnitsky and afterwards
participated in a tour with the troupe. In 1924 he acted
in the "Kunst-vinkl", in 1925-26 he toured with a
collective, in 1926-27 he was with Clara Young, and in 1927-28
with the Odessa