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
 

Abraham Rabinowitz

 

R. was born in 1870 in Bofala, Volin Gubernia. He learned to slaughter, but he abandoned it, not being able to bear the blood.

Seeing the acting of itinerant Yiddish troupes when he was very young, he became excited, and he began to follow this up, doing everything for them so that they may take it. After a time on his own, he became an entrepreneur for a troupe, earlier with Meyerson for several years across various cities and villages in Russia, in which Veysblat had performed (later famous as Michal Michalesko), Zelazo, Fishelevitsh, due to the pogroms the troupe fell apart, and among his choices, R. performed in Chasidic clothing, and sang couplets during weddings and brises in order to be the breadwinner of the family. He also performed with his wife and his daughter Tillie (as gypsies with a tambourine).

Later he put together a different troupe with whom (together with his wife and daughter) he performed in Bielotserkov Goldfaden's "Kishufmakherin". Here he performed as a character-comic in the role of the "Kishufmakerin".

In 1909 R. came with his family to a krub in America. In New York he performed on the weekends in the Yiddish vaudeville houses and also for private simchas, and he became sick and passed away on 25 November 1919.
 

M. E. from his daughter Tillie Rabinowitz.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 4958.

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