Born in Romania, Alperin
began his theater career in 1941 in the Jadenic
concentration camp in Serbia, to where he was deported
by the Fascist Romanian regime at the age of eighteen.
After immigrating to Israel in 1961, he joined Dzigan's
performances in Israel and abroad, and appeared with
Joseph Buloff in Israel. After sixteen years as a
Yiddish actor, he traveled to perform in New York and
across the U.S. staying there for seven years, working
in Yiddish theatre, until 1986. At New York's Town Hall,
with the Shalom Yiddish Musical Comedy Theatre, he acted
in the following plays between 1979 and 1985, among
others: ""Rebecca, the Rabbi's Daughter", "The Roumanian
Wedding", "The Showgirl", "The Jewish Gypsy", "Oh Mama!
Am I in Love!", and "A Match Made in Heaven".
At the time of Yiddishpiel's
founding in 1987, he joined as an actor, and was even
awarded the prize for Best Actor in Yiddish from the
Lerner Foundation in his very first year.
Additional prizes awarded
him include the A. Goldfaden Award in New York; Best
Supporting Actor for his role as Feibush in "The Golden
Boys," by Neil Simon (the play also won Best Comedy of
the Year Award); the Lifetime Achievement Award at the
Israel Theatre Prize Ceremony in 2001, the EMI (Israel
Union of Performing Artists) Prize for Contribution to
Jewish Culture, and more.