Born on 3 October 1870
in Odessa, Ukraine, to parents who were flour merchants.
He learned in a cheder, and a little with a Yiddish
teacher, then in a city school. In the years of his
youth, he was friends with the corner singers Sabsey,
Perlmutter, Krohn (nisht keyn krub), and he wrote
songs for them, such as "Israelik der yetume", "Shreyb
mir a brivele", "Farges mikh nist, teyere", that they
sung with great success.
In 1891 he arrived in Eretz
Yisrael and was one of the first Chalutz workers
in the Rehovot colony. At the same time there was
arranged a Yiddish production of Goldfaden's "Shulamis"
in the first built houses of current Tel Aviv.
1892 -- returned to Odessa,
and in 1895, due to the critical conditions, he
immigrated to Toronto, Canada, where he was a prompter,
conductor and chorister in Joseph Jacobson's Yiddish
troupe, which existed for only several weeks. Soon
thereafter he went to New York and, marrying a sister of
David Kessler, there came a shtele in his theatre
as a "doorkeeper" (controller).
In 1899 he went away to
Chicago. Here he worked in women's clothes, and four
years later by himself began to produce women's
clothing, also writing from time to time sketches for "Idisher
rekord" in Chicago, and songs and plays for Yiddish