THE YIDDISH BOOK CENTER'S
Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

"This was my way of giving back."

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  • Al Berkowitz, former docent at the Yiddish Book Center, describes why he spent 15 years volunteering as an English tutor in his retirement.

This interview was conducted in English

Albert Berkowitz was born in 1921 in New Rochelle, New York. Albert, z"l, died in 2015.

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?