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.
I Bought A Surfboard With My Bar Mitzvah Money
Tony Michels, professor of American Jewish history, explains how he became interested in surfing as a teenager - and how it related to his Jewish identity.
This interview was conducted in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
I Bought A Surfboard With My Bar Mitzvah Money2 minutes 44 seconds
An Affinity for the Underdog2 minutes 7 seconds
Academia as an Entry to Jewish Culture2 minutes 14 seconds
A Different Context for Judaism1 minute 13 seconds
A Legacy of the Labor Movement4 minutes 20 seconds
Starting the Progressive Jewish Student Union at UC Santa Cruz1 minute 57 seconds
Yiddish is Central to American Jewish Culture1 minute 40 seconds
Yiddish as an Avenue of Jewish Identity1 minute 32 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Jewish Identity
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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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