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.

The Sights and Smells of Brooklyn

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  • Eli Kwartler, Jewish Community of Amherst co-president, describes the smells of the markets of the Brooklyn neighborhood of his childhood.

This interview was conducted in English.

Eli Kwartler was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Childhood
  • Synagogue, shul, temple
  • United States
  • Food and culinary traditions

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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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