S. was born in 1874 in
Ostrow, Poland, to [fshute] small-city Jews. He learned
in a cheder, where he had manifested abilities in his
Yiddish studies. At the age of eighteen he immigrated to
America, where for the first years had a difficult [job=gehorevet]
in a tailor's shop.
In 1902 S. was taken to the
city [esteyt] and business training [country trade and
the construction of buildings]. He was one of the
builders of Jewish Brownsville, then S. had taken to the
movie business and had an entire chain of movie houses.
In 1917 S. was associated
with Yiddish theatre, acting as a co-manager in the
People's Theatre, then in the Grand Theatre, and
later, together with Louis Goldberg directed the plan
to build a modern Yiddish theatre in New York; the Public
Theatre that opened on 27 January 1927 in New
York, on 4th Street and Second Avenue.
As to that theatre,
financially it was a failure, Sh. lost a lot of money. His
loss was very deep, and he took it to heart and began to
become sick. Afterwards his lungs began to suffer, and
after returning from Arizona, where he had been cured,
he settled in Liberty, New York, where on 6 October
1931, he passed away and came to his eternal rest in Mount
Sinai Cemetery in New York.