His family immigrated from Lithuania, to Washington, D.C. They lived at 2706 N Street, in Georgetown. He bought produce for his father's grocery store. He studied at the Corcoran School. He studied at the National Law University. He bought the Star Coal and Coke Company, at 315 Q Street. In 1911, he owned a saloon, the Old-Timer's Bar, at 8th Street and K Street, Southwest, Washington, D.C. He operated bowling alleys.
He joined his cousin, in the development of Park Place, near 7th Street. In 1922, he started the development of Petworth, where he sold houses for $8,950, or financed for $1 down and $75 a month. He developed the Greenwich Forest neighborhood.
He built a home at 2301 Ridge Road, N.W.
He was a charter member of the YMHA, in Washington, D.C. He raised $250,000 to build the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center. He was president of the Jewish Community Center. In 1964, he offered to donate the Keith theater as a performing arts center.
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