Born on 12 May 1899 in Belz,
Bessarabia, to parents -- grain traders. He received a
Jewish education, learned in a Belz yeshiva and also in
a Russian folkshul.
As a child of eight, he
began to sing with a cantor, and at the age of twelve he
took to working in a dramatic circle as a prompter,
while at the same time also acting in the production.
For a short time he also acted in the troupe of
Stanovski, who had come to Belz to perform.
1913 -- aroysgebnbet
three rubles by his father and fled to Odessa, where he,
through his countryman Leibele Maler, became a prompter
in the troupe of Korik, where he also acted. A short
time later he set out with an itinerant troupe across
the Bessarabian province, where he read terrible news,
and he ran back home, joined a cantor as a choir boy and
became engaged as a choir boy to a cantor in Kishinev,
where Chaim Meir Segalesko's troupe performed in
Goldfaden repertoire, and since es feln zey oys
khkhus, he joined in the acting with them for a long
1917-1919 -- immigrated with
the troupes of Zolotnitski, Kanapov et al., across the
Bessarabian province, until he arrived in Bucharest and
acted for a long time in the "Central" Theatre
(direction: Itsikl Goldenberg).