Born on 13 April 1882 in a
village near Zbrutsh, on the Russian-Austrian border.
Father -- was ordained into the rabbinate, became a
gabai in Memdus for the Chortkow rabbi. Baruch
Schorr heard the nine-year-old young boy sinag "Hmbdil"
and took him in as a choir boy. After supervising him
for several years, N. took to wandering and at the age
of eighteen, he arrived in Canada.
Here he sang as a tenor with
Cantor Zingman in Winnipeg. Through Moshe Triler he
became excited about Yiddish theatre, debuting as "Akhisufl"
in Goldfaden's "Dos tsente gebot", and soon thereafter
he began to act in the main singing roles in Goldfaden's
"Bar Kochba", "Shulamis" and in other Yiddish operetta
Later he became manager of
the specially built "Queens Theatre", and brought
therein during the summer time to guest-star, several
"stars", such as Keni Lipzin, Jacob P. Adler, David
Kessler, Boris Thomashefsky, Regina Prager, Rudolf
Schildkraut et al. And during the winter time -- New
York's actors with small names, and also at the same
time actors for Ukrainian productions.
1916-1917 -- N. was engaged
to act with the American actress Mae West in English in
the play "Diamond Lil", and he toured with her across
America until 1930. Then he returned to the theatre in a
"range" of birds (eufus), but after the economic
crash he came back to New York and toured for six years
with various Yiddish troupes and stars across the
province, also with lectures about combined food.