Born on 15 July 1876 in Warsaw, Poland. Father -- owner
of a print shop. He learned in a cheder and sang in
synagogue together with the future actors Adolf Berman,
S. Krause, R. Zilberberg, H. Feigstein. Later he learned
in Zakse's shul. Through this, S.'s father used
to print theatre posters, and S. had the opportunity to
participate as a child in the children's chorus of the
operettas, which were then performed in Yiddish theatre.
When in 1886 it became
forbidden to perform in Yiddish theatre in Warsaw, S.
had with the oybndermonte (together with
the future actors Titelman, Shtrasfogel, Rotshteyn) give
heymishe children's productions. 1889 -- S.
participated in the Russian-Malorusian-German quartet
and duet groups, which migrated across Poland S.
performed there as "Pesele" in Shomer's "Treyfniak", and
in Goldfaden repertoire. 1892 -- he was the initiator
for the organization of the Yiddish troupe under the
direction of Olginskaya. Then he brought to Warsaw
Shliferstein and his wife Briya. 1893 -- he toured with
a troupe across Bialystok and Grodno, then in Warsaw and
received at first the possibility to act in Yiddish in
many cities, where earlier it had been forbidden to
perform in Yiddish (Such as Ores, Lublin Gubernia et
1898 -- S. acted in Warsaw's
Odeon Theatre, then across the Polish province. 1900 --
participated for four months in a German-Russian-Yiddish
quartet in the Paris exposition, and from there traveled
in1901 to Buenos Aires, where he opened the Yiddish
theatre with Shomer's "Der yidisher prits". After
performing for two weeks in a hall and evoking protests
by the Yiddish press, which regarded the theatre as
harmful to yidishkayt, and the productions in
time were blocked. Soon however they again were renewed,
and S. acted there for a season.
Then S. traveled to London
and Paris and put together a new troupe (Akselrad and
Berta Gutentag, Auerbach, Morris Zager et al.), with
whom he performed again a season in Argentina and (with
several adtors) four weeks in Brazil. Later S. settled
in the United States, where he was active as actor and
manager across the American province.
1912 -- he toured as a
manager with Malvina Lobel across Poland.
1913 -- together with
Charles Nathanson, Kaner, Bliefeld, and Leon Berger, he
guest-starred in London, Manchester, Warsaw, Vilna and
Lodz, and then he returned to traveling, to Americ where
he took up business.