As Goldfaden had
delivered/passed told to Sh. L. Citron, W. had sung for
several years with Minsk city cantor Israelke Shavelzon.
Later W. arrived in Odessa and there became a
folksinger, and when Rosenberg and Spivakovski in 1879
put together the first Yiddish group in Odessa, they
took in W., who also remained there when Goldfaden
united with this troupe. W. also may have first acted in
the title role of "Di kishufmakherin".
Jacob P Adler characterized
him as such: "Was a Jew with a yellow beard, with a
natural face, so derived and rich in grimaces, that he
had, seemingly, been able to act without color and
Later W. had shaved his
beard and performed as "the grandmother" in Goldfaden's
offering of "The Grandmother with Grandchildren" in
Odessa. [It is also possible that W. there he was the
first to act as the "grandmother" in "Grandmother with
Grandchildren", not "The Grandmother" in "Di
According to Goldfaden, "W.
always masterly acted in the difficult female roles in
the various poses [characters], from a young lover to an
aged person in their eighties".
After traveling around
Russia with various troupes, he wandered around with the
Berger troupe, and then with Spivakovski and Weinstock
to Warsaw, from where he went to Lemberg.