Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Jacob Paley


Born in 1881 in a small town in Minsk Gubernia, White Russia. In 1901 he arrived in New York, America, where he soon entered into the Socialist Party and became very active in the Jewish Worker's quarters. He also was one of the first members of the "Forward" association in Chicago, and for a certain time a member of the management council of the newspaper.

Several years later he moved to Chicago, where he became a member of the Socialist Party, and a member of the "Forward" association in Chicago, a popular figure due to his background as a director with the radical movement and social institutes.

Soon after his arrival in Chicago, P. began his theatre career as a business manager of Elias Glickman's Yiddish troupe in the Bijou Theatre. Later he established his own Yiddish theatre activities in the Empire Theatre, in the Haymarket Theatre and Imperial Theatre on Madison Street, where he managed famous Yiddish stars and troupes.

In 1921 P. married and withdrew from the Yiddish theatre and managed movie houses.

On 4 May 1931 P. passed away in Chicago and was brought to his gravesite at the cemetery of the "Arbeter Ring" [burial plot] in Waldheim [Cemetery].

  • Louis Reyngold -- Di entviklung fun idishen teater in shikago, "Der yudisher rekord", Chicago, 1920.

  • Nekrologn in "forverts", Chicago, and "Kurier", Chicago, 5 May 1931.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 1641.
 

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