Jack Tworkov, born as Yakov Tworkovsky, came to the world on August 15, 1900, in Biala Podlaska village, situated on the border of Poland and the Russian Empire. He was a son of Hyman Tworkovsky, a tailor working for the Russian Army, and Ester Singer. Jack’s father had five children from the former marriage. The stepchildren often treated Ester with hostility.
At the beginning of the 1910s, Hyman Tworkovsky came to New York City in order to establish there the family tailoring business. Three years later, he was followed by Jack and his younger sister Schenehaia.
Arriving in the city, Tworkov and Schenehaia changed their names to Jacob Bernstein and Janice Biala relatively. Jack didn’t like his new name and had some problems to adjust to new life missing the things he used to on his homeland.
As to Janice Biala, he later became famous as an artist, like her brother.