Born circa 1874 in Novograd
Volynskij (Zvihl?), Volin. Father -- a cantor. She
received a traditional education and learned with
melamdim and with a private teacher.
At the age of nineteen, she
debuted as a chorister in a local Russian troupe, and
for a certain time was a chorister in Russian and
Ukrainian troupes. Later she joined as a prima donna in
the Yiddish troupe of Sharvner, then went to Sabsey, and
in 1907-8 over to the troupe of Mishe Genfer, where she
also participated in dramatic repertoire.
Here S. married the theatre
director Mishe Genfer, and after his death (1913), she
took over, together with her brother-in-laws, Solomon
and Siome Genfer, the management of the troupe, which
existed until the February Revolution in 1917.
Later, S. entered into the
first cooperative troupe in Yekaterinoslav, founded by
the association "Yiddish Artist". 1918-19 -- S. had,
together with Miriam Trilling and Mishe Appelbaum,
untied into an itinerant collective and toured across
White Russia and the Ukraine until they became stirred
up in Cherkas by Grigoryev's bands. 1919 -- S. arrived
in Poltava in the private troupe under the direction of
Briskin and Braslavsky. 1919-20 -- joined in "Kunst
vinkl", with the Poltava section of the "Kultur lige
(Culture League)". 1920 -- due to her family situation,
she traveled to Odessa, where she joined in their Jewish
State Theatre, under the auspices of Y. Bertanov, and
after the troupe disbanded, she toured for a short time
with a collective under the direction of Adolf Segal.