Yiddish Artists and Friends, Inc.
THE FIRST FOUNDERS OF "MIR CHICAGO
Artists and Friends"
right to left: First row: Louis
Freiman, Max Henig, David Yanover
and Samuel H. Cohen.
Second row: David Dank, M.
Osherowitz, Irving Jacobson, Irving
Grossman, Moshe Dorf,
Muni Weisenfreund (Paul Muni), Max
Friedlander, Sam Gerstenzang and Sam
In 1932, when Paul
Muni performed in New York's "Counsellor at
Law", Max Friedlander received a letter from
him, that he wanted to meet with the "boys",
i.e. he wanted to meet with his Chicago friends
with whom he had performed Yiddish theatre in
Chicago. The meeting came about on 8 June 1932
in Moskowitz and Lipowitz's restaurant after the
production. Present were: David Yanover, Moshe
Dorf, Max Henig, Sam Gershtenzang, Louis
Freimman, Max Friedlander, Sam Gertler, Irving
Grossman, Samuel H. Cohen, Irving Jacobson, as
well as David Dank and the playwright M.
THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION
OF THE "YIDDISH ARTISTS AND FRIENDS"
right: Lilian Satz, Ida Green, Shirley Segal
(Financial Secretary), Jack Segal (President),
Anna Tabak (Vice-President), Sylvia Friedlander,
Henrietta Jacobson. Second row, standing:
Avraham Rothenstein, Harry Wax (Cashier), Oscar
Green, Moshe Tarlowski (Recording Secretary),
Mordecai Yachson (Executive Secretary), Charles
Litt, Julius Adler, Max Bozyk. Third row,
standing: David Dank, Irving Jacobson,
Julius Wein (sp), Isaac Lipinsky, Israel
Rosenberg, Louis Freiman and Philip Laskowsky.
considered memories among the "Chicagoans", and
a longing that required between them a certain
unity, also a future.
Three years later,
after Paul Muni's mother's death, her second
husband Morris Nestor came back to Los Angeles
and strengthened the notion that something
needed to be created that would cohere the
Chicagoans, and so the idea was born to create a
"Mir shikager (We Chicagoans)" club.
On 17 January 1935,
the club was founded in the house of the Yiddish
Actors' Union, and the first officers who were
installed were: Paul Muni -- Honorary President,
Hymie Jacobson -- President, Moshe Nestor --
Vice-President, David Dank -- Treasurer, Max
Friedlander -- Recording Secretary, and a third
committee of Julius Nathanson, Max Henig and
Samuel H. Cohen.
The foundation of the
club consisted of the following:
all for one, and one for all.
Once a Chicagoan,
always a Chicagoan.
When by no means lack of
trust himself as a brother to a brother (?).
To share with the last.
From near or far always be
connected through letters, telegrams or
Assistance should come
without investigation The external world
should not know.
Everyone should help collect
a fund for the organization in order to help
For a Chicago friend, may
nothing be too difficult.
To the end of the world must
a Chicagoan friend be brought, and become a
In sorrow and joy, all
Chicagoan friends need to come together, as
one large family of friendship. Solidarity
The Chicagoan bond is from
today until eternity.
The same shtarkster boyer
of the club was Max Henig.
On 13 November 1936 Irving Grossman became
President and Samuel H. Cohen was Financial
Secretary. The First Executive Board, selected
by a secret vote, was Louis Freiman, Jennie
Goldstein, Max Bozyk, Michael Michalesko, David
Dank and Jack Segal.
When Michalesko first amt
is the name of the organization "Mir Chikager"
ended in "Yidishe ariz"[?] consisted of Max Henig,
John Grossman, Abe Dorf, Jennie Cohen, Sam Gertler
and Arthur Winters.
The future presidents were: Max
Kletter, Herman Yablokoff, Misha German, Michal
Michalesko, Oscar Green, Tistin and friend,
Inc. In order to get more people from the
profession, not only Chicagoans, the possibility
existed to become a member in the organization.
The officers for 1959-1960, who
also prepared the twenty-five year anniversary
of the organization, were: Jack Segal --
President, Anna Tabak -- Vice-President, Morris
Tarlowski -- Recording Secretary, Shirley Segal
-- Financial Secretary, Harry Wax -- Treasurer.
The Executive Board consisted of: Mordecai
Yachson -- Secretary, Julius Adler, Sylvia
(Fishman) Friedlander, Ida Green, Irving
Jacobson, Philip Laskowsky, Charlie Litt, Itzhak
Lipinsky, Israel Rosenberg, Lillie Satz, Julius
Wein(?), and as an advisory committee, the
former presidents: Max Bozyk, David Dank, Louis
Freiman, Jennie Goldstein, and Oscar Green.
from David Dank.
N. B. Linder -- Ven aktorn
shpiln un zingen nit farn oylem, nor far zikh,
"Der tog", N. Y., 4 February 1937.