Born in 1873 in Bucharest,
Rumania, to Orthodox parents. He was a choirboy in the
local large shul with Cantor Avraham Frakhtenberg.
Afterwards with the cantors Sholam, Goldenberg et al.
Several years later in temple with Cantor Gershon Veys.
As a child, he participated
in the children's chorus of Finkel's troupe in the play
"Der podriatshik", and later he sung in the chorus of
Itsikl Mendel Bergman's troupe. At first in Mogulesko's
troupe, W. received small solo roles as "Der vekhter" in
"Bar khokhba", et al, and when in 1887 in Vasloy, the
actor Rosenberg got sick, w. performed in the role of "Hasan
makhmud" in Hurwitz's play "Don Yehuda Abarbanel", and
he has remained since then to act in roles. Afterwards,
W. traveled around with Finkelstein's and Juvelier's
troupe, across Rumania, Austria and Turkey.
however, about military duty, he returned to Rumania,
where W. organized together with Lipe Rodesko a
quartet, according to muster of the Schwartz
brothers and Zemel, and went on a tour across Bulgaria,
Serbia, Greece, and Egypt. When the quartet disbanded,
W. moved in 1901 to Argentina, where he began to
act in Yiddish theatre with "amateurs", and thanks to
the monetary support that it brought, W. brought to
Argentina Yiddish professional actors, with whom he laid
the foundation for a permanent Yiddish theatre in
In the span of
twenty-eight years, W. was associated with various
troupes -- his own as well as markn troupes --
and he acted