Y. was born in 1888 in
Warsaw, Poland. His father was the owner of a "notions"
shop, and he passed away when
he was six years old, the small orphan had almost raised
himself, and he learned and wrote with the help of a "zelbst-"
After participating in 1905
as "Uriel" in an "amateur" offering of "Uriel
for the [gelitene] from the Kishinev pogrom, Y.
was engaged in Kompaneyets' troupe, where he acted [rezionorn]
and in 1906 -- dramatic lover role, under Meyerson's
direction, then he acted with Adler, Kaminski and Rappel
in Gordin repertoire. He fled from military service to
Austria, and Y. had organized in Kolomea's cultural union
a dramatic section, with whom he had in the span of two
years staged the best repertoire with two productions
each month, guest-starring also with the circle across
the Galician province.
Due to wartime he had to
migrate to Behmen, then to Mehren and Hungary, until he
came to Vienna, where he entered into "Di fraye yidishe
folks-bine" under the leadership of Brekher and Deutsch.
After the troupe disbanded -- he went across to Paris,
where he acted in the local Yiddish theatres until 1930.