Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Yeshayahu Daniel [S. D.] Weinberg


Born on 15 June 1888 in Bialo Mazovietsk, Poland, into a well-to-do family. He learned in a cheder, Beit HaMedrash. Later he educated himself in secular studies. After being in a Beit HaMedrash sponsored by the "Bund", he experienced every phase of every broyzindiker epoch: conspiratory meetings, prison, "Birzhe", demonstrations, Cossack whippings, etc. At the same time he really blending together the Yiddish and world literature.

At the end of 1905 he immigrated to London, where he became an active member in a Yiddish dramatic circle, attending the finest concerts and English theatre productions. W. became the secretary of the West End branch of the "Amalgamated Tailors Union". Then he founded the "Hazamir" association and became one of the founders of the local "Arbeter Ring". W. began to write under the pseudonym "Malmut" in "Tsayt" about theatre and music, and became very active in the "Russian Immigrant Committee", and was one of the founders of "Temple Theatre". In London, he freed himself, and he and his wife Rose, very intimate with the later famous Yiddish actor Samuel Goldenburg, and maintained this intimate friendship for their entire lives.

In 1921 he immigrated to America, and he lived for a certain time in New York, where he worked in a shop. In the beginning of 1923 he settled in Detroit, where he began his journalistic work and soon became the local editor of the "Forward", where he wrote about local matters, especially about the Yiddish theatre, about

which he wrote from time to time under the pseudonym Vinogurski A. And., also articles in the New York edition of the "Forward". W. also wrote in many other periodical editions and had in book form issued in Yiddish "Idishe insṭiṭutsyes un anshṭalṭen in Detroit" (Detroit, 1940, 211 pp.), which evoked the greatest praise from the general Yiddish critics, and in English, in the same, in 1943, a brochure of 22 pages "Der 'Ṿor ṭshesṭ' fun 1943". 

On 15 April 1943, W. passed away in Detroit.

Zalmen Zylbercweig characterized him as such:

"In a span of several tens of years, first in London and later in Detroit, where the deceased had made his home, he had with a complete fire in his soul thrown himself into Jewish cultural work, with the help of all Jewish cultural institutions with rat and tat, by himself he gave and helped crate money for every cultural requirement. Especially our friend Weinberg was given over to the Yiddish theatre. Not only had he with his pen served as Yiddish theatre critic, but he had verbally propagandized for the importance of the public Yiddish word. His home in Detroit was the address of the Yiddish theatre people, and the warmth with which those in the theatre were received by him and his beloved life-guide(?) Rosa, will forever remain marked in the hearts of hundreds of Yiddish actors and those in the theatre. Quite particularly, had the deceased displayed an intimate relationship to the "Theatre Lexicon". From the first moment in which the editor of the "Lexicon", Zalmen Zylbercweig, arrived in Detroit, he found a brother and a friend in Weinberg, who was dedicated to our work".

  • [--] -- [Zalmen Zylbercweig] -- Yeshayahu (S. D.) veynberg in "teatr heftn", New York, N' 1, 1943.

  • "Lexicon of the New Yiddish Literature", New York, 1960, Vol. III, pp. 351-352.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 4, page 2807.

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