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.
KlezKamp provides model of "living Jewish Culture"
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.
Other video highlights from this oral history
KlezKamp provides model of "living Jewish Culture"3 minutes 21 seconds
Generations of Yiddish Song3 minutes 26 seconds
Growing up in the Oakland Jewish Community1 minute 30 seconds
Adrienne Cooper's Advice to Future Generations4 minutes 43 seconds
Studying Yiddish2 minutes 45 seconds
"A Thin Thread": Song-Teaching Project in Former Soviet Union6 minutes 27 seconds
Adrienne Cooper Finds a Mentor1 minute 29 seconds
"It was really the source of my Jewish literacy." (Religious Education)1 minute 32 seconds
Creation of KlezKamp3 minutes 34 seconds
Her Daughter at Weinreich's Desk2 minutes 19 seconds
"I Sunk into the YIVO"2 minutes 17 seconds
Teaching the Klezmatics1 minute 48 seconds
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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