Life in the Yiddish theater #
Born April 28, 1884 in Tiraspol, Ukraine. At the age of eight he entered the yeshiva of the r. Herschel in Uman and studied in the Talner circle. In 1896, he and his family emigrated to London, where Abrams worked as a shoemaker during the day and worked with the river in the evening. Aboy Werner, the rabbi of Mkhziki Kds, at the same time Abrams studied English, and four years later he joined the Henry Irving English Dramatic and Literary Club.
In 1902, A., together with Y. L. Kahan, founded the “Forward Club (Union)” in London, in which Y. L. Kahan read literary works every Sunday, and Abrams sang folk songs in Yiddish, read and recited works of classics in Yiddish and imitated the famous English actors of that time. A year later, Abrams published a series of articles in the Yiddish Telegraph about Yiddish theater in London.
In 1907, Abrams came to America and attended courses there, especially on drama and theater, and for some time was an active participant and president of the literary and dramatic club.
While an active employee in the workshop, Abrams also actively participated in the labor organization of the Actors' Union, leading a strike of Yiddish actors due to the lockout of Mikhail Mintz and Liptsin during the performance of Komisarzhevskaya's guest. After this, Abrams was actively involved in supporting the People's Union of the Art Theater, as well as in the creation of the Union of Theater Workers, where he is an executive member and secretary of the union. In 1929 - vice-president of Artef, from which he retired at the end of the same year.