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.

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  • Adrienne Cooper z"l argues that people are interested in Yiddish today because it helps them to better understand themselves and their cultures. She explains that learning Yiddish can open up a "vista" to a new culture, skill set and world.

This interview was conducted in English.

Adrienne Cooper was born in 1946 in Oakland, California. Adrienne, z"l, died in 2011.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Yiddish language
  • Jewish Identity
  • Jewish community
  • Yiddish scene
  • Coming back to Yiddish

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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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