He came from Odessa to America with the members of the thirty party "Am
Olam" [circa 1882] and participated in the
first Yiddish productions in New York with Boris Thomashefsky.
According to Boris Thomashefsky he wrote
"was [with his first performance] a young, crafty, brave, lively,
friendly man, not long out of the Russian university. He was a hibsher
student, a hnvdiker,
with a large head of kutsherave hair. The large artistic head
had soon shown that he wasn't any gevynlekher
bshr-udt. Somewhat the gehoybene type, that varfn zikh
in the eyes -- a sculptor, a painter, an actor, a professor, not any
In the old country S. was a
socialist, and because of that he had to leave Russia. As to the Yiddish
theatre, together with his wife Betty he came up with the idea
of starting on the Yiddish stage and his performing the translated
repertory and plays of Yiddish writers. Disappointed in these
prospects, he withdrew from the stage and became a worker with
shirts and later a manager for Singer Sewing Machines.
.S.'s son is married to a sister of
actor Joseph Shoengold.
B. Gorin -- History of Yiddish Theatre, Vol.
II, pp. 17, 24.
Boris Thomashefsky -- Amalige aktyoren vos
volten nokh velen khotsh eynmol oyftreten in theater, "Forward," New York, 25 August 1923.