Born on 15 July 1896 in
Lakhva, Pinsk region, White Russia. Through his father,
a well-known cantor, he absorbed himself from childhood
with Jewish instruments. He learned in yeshivas, and
there indeed participated in the holiday yeshiva student
In 1915 his family
immigrated to the steppe of Russia, where A. studied and
also came into contact with modern Russian theatre. 1917
-- he was engaged as a regisseur for the Vologda
theatre, where he founded a special studio for Jewish
youths with whom he directed productions in Yiddish,
Russian and Hebrew. 1921 -- moved over to Poland, where
for the first time he developed an intimate relationship
with popular Yiddish theatre, and he directed there with
drama circles and performed with Yiddish-Hebrew word
1925 -- arrived in Eretz
Yisrael and took over the leadership of the first Hebrew
theatre "Hiatrun Evri" and also participated often in
the work of the "Hiatrun Laumi" in Ht"ay", where he
performed in Hebrew, Sackler's "Yizkor" and "Dem
tsadik's nesie (The Saint's Journey), Gordin's "God, Man
and Devil", Sholem Aleichem's "Dos groyse gevins (The
Big Winner)", "Tuviya der milkhigher (Tevya the
Milkman)", and "Shever tsu zayn a yid (Hard to be a
Jew)", Piski's "Oytser (The Treasure)", Dymov's "Yoshke
musikant (Yoshke the Musician)", Asch's "A shnirl perl
(A String of Pearls)".
In 1931 he performed with
word concerts in Canada, and in 1932-33 performed in
Pittsburgh with the Hollander troupe.
1946 -- arrived in New York
and acted in the Hebrew theatre "Prgud", and in the
English-Yiddish "Yugnt teater".
1959 -- settled in Los
Angeles, where he dedicated himself to the Yiddish word
arts and directed from time to time Yiddish artistic
evenings. In 1961 O. performed with word concerts in
O. issued two record albums,
one of which was "Fun der yidish klasisher literatur",
which included: "Nakhus fun kinder" by Sholem Aleichem,
"Alef beys" by Sholem Stern, "Chasidim" by A. Lutski, "Der
kuntsenmakher" by I. L. Peretz, "Der amerikaner" by
Sholem asch, and "Yidin zingen" by the Tunkler, and the
second -- "Shabes yom tov'dike yidn", which contained: "Der
khkh fun a nigun" by David Pinski, "Rabbi zishes tants"
by Shimson Meltser, "Lmd v'v" by Arye Shmri, "Der
bratslaver" by Yakov Glatshteyn, "In beit hamedrash" by
Sholem Stern, and "Mkublim" by H. Leivick.
Sh. and M. E.
N. Y. Gotlib --
Oyf di vegn fun a nayem idishen teater, "Keneder
odler", Montreal, 16 January 1931.
Y. Rabinovitsh --
Der kontsert fun khayim ostrovski, same, 29
-- Haynt ovent ershte forshtelung fun "in
kaynem's land", "Di idishe velt", Cleveland, 11
Shmuel Epstein --
"Yidisher dramatisher farayn" [in the book "Brnubits",
Tel Aviv, 1953, p. 169].
D. Plat -- Idishe
fonograf-rekords oyf 2 shprakhn, "Morgn frayhayt",
N. Y., 25 October 1960.
Dr. N. Swerdlin
-- Baym forhang, "Daily Morning Journal", N. Y.,
5 October 1961.