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
 

Yakov Rubin

 

R. was born on 15 July 1897 in Lodz, Poland.

His parents were merchants.

Due to few material means, he learned, and by himself got to perform the [shtrebung zikh tsu] dedicated to the Yiddish theatre, with whom his two eldest brothers Rubin Fridman and Velvl Rubin were already connected.

He began a [rekvizitor] in the Skala Theatre with Julius Adler and Herman Serotsky, later he took a small role with Aba Kompaneyets.

In 1919 he got married, and together with his wife, Hodes, acted with Kompaneyets.

They went away to Germany, and not having professional Yiddish actors there, performed with "amateur" groups.

In 1920 he came to Antwerp and became a stage manager and played episode roles in the troupe of M. D. Vaksman, Yozef Sherman and David Levin.

Afterwards he acted in various guest-starring capacities, later undertaking the main young role with Sara Adler from America.

 

Later he went with guest-stars Rashel and Harry Rozenfeld to Paris as a stage manager.

Afterwards he acted in various roles with the guest-starring Clara Young, Morris Axelrad, Joseph Kessler, Bennie Adler, Henrietta Schnitzer, Misha Fishzon, Viera Zaslavska and the Brothers Fenigshteyn.

In 1925 he came to America and began to act and on the stage with Joseph Kessler; however because his wife's health condition, he had to leave New York.

He settled in Chicago where he was active with Michalesko as [stsenar] and acted in small roles.

Later he made his home in Los Angeles, where he went to act and was occupied with business matters, though he did participate from time to time in local productions.
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2377.
 

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