J. was born on 11 June 1890
in Lodz, Poland. His father was a weaver. He learned in
a cheder and then in Yarotshinski's school. As a youth
he sang in the chorus of the synagogue under the
direction of the conductor Derguzhanski, and in his
early youth together with his father he attended the
Yiddish theatre, that created in him a deep impression.
At the age of fourteen he traveled to his uncle in
Patterson (America), but a year later he came back to
Lodz and entered into Rappel's in the Warsaw Muranover
Theatre, where he debuted as "Tlmi" in Lateiner's "Ash
Re". After acting there for a season, Y. went over to
Sabsey in Vilna (1 1/2 years), then with Guzik (two
years), four months with Fishzon, a half-year with
Zhitomirsky. He acted with Yungv-ts-Young in Warsaw,
toured across Russia as a co-director with Heymovitsh,
Charaz and Samberg, and he acted later with Lopovski in
Riga and Vilna. In wartime he acted in Lodz in
vaudeville houses, and then became an impressario for an
itinerant troupe across Poland, Germany, Belgium and
Holland. Later he guest-starred in Paris with a united
members troupe, three months in London with Dubovsky,
and in April 1921 he traveled to America where he
debuted in the Irving Place Theatre in Boimvol's "Vas-libe-ken"
("Madam Freyling"), then he acted theatre and vaudeville
with Samashevsky, a season in Cleveland and Detroit, and
until 1927 he staged by himself non-union troupes across
He returned to Europe and Y.
guest-starred in Antwerp, Berlin, Paris, circa ten
months in Lodz, at the end of 1928 in Rumania, then
again across Eastern and Western Europe. In 1932 he
returned to America, where he acts in the province.