Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Reizel Bozyk


Born on 13 May 1914 in Bidgashtsh (Bydgoszcz), Poland, on the stage, within the second act of Lateiner's "Dos yidishe harts (The Jewish Heart)," which her mother, the actress Leah Levebrovska, had been acting in during a testimonial evening. Her father, Abraham Levebrovski, a character comic, passed away when B. was only three years old [on 23 January 1918]. Not being older than three years, B. began to act.

Her first role was as the youth in "Nachum gernzele." After her father's death she left her mother for her brother in Warsaw, where she learned in a folkshul, and at age thirteen she completed a Yiddish school (teacher -- Shlomo Mendelson).

In order to help her uncle with income, B. became a chorus singer in a Yiddish theatre, and together with the late actress Dina Halpern was taken into the chorus of the conductor Schlossberg in the Kaminski Theatre. After her two years in the chorus, she was taken into her mother's itinerant troupe and performed in the main roles of "Yankele," "Tsipke fayer," "Pension meydl" and "Shulamis."

Between 1930 and 1935 she acted in Moshe Broderzon's "Ararat" in Lodz with Dzigan and Schumacher, with Zygmunt Turkow in Bialystok, with Menachem Rubin in Krakow, with Rudolf Zaslavsky in Lemberg, with Jacob Rechtzeit in Warsaw, with Lucy and Misha German and Dr. Paul Baratov in Vilna, and with Michal Michalesko, Kurt Katch, and Alexander Granach in Lodz.


In 1935 B. married actor Max Bozyk. In 1939 she, along with her husband and five Yiddish actors, were engaged for Argentina by the director Adolf Mide, and thus, as if by a miracle, they were saved from Hitler's destruction. In 1941 she was brought by Herman Yablokoff to New York, and since then she has followed the same stage path as her husband.

B. is an executive board member in the Yiddish Actors Club.

M. E.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3,  page 2375.

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