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.
It Was So Little, But At The Time It Was So Much: My Bat Mitzvah
Phyllis Herda remembers being part of the first grade at her temple to have bat mitzvahs, and why her grandparents were unable to attend hers.
This interview was conducted in English.
Phyllis Herda was born in 1942 in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
Other video highlights from this oral history
It Was So Little, But At The Time It Was So Much: My Bat Mitzvah2 minutes 22 seconds
White Bread and Thanksgiving: My Parents Wanted Us To Be American1 minute 12 seconds
Part Of Me Feels Sad: How Jewish Identity Is Different Across Generations3 minutes 8 seconds
Involvement in the Jewish Women's Rights Movement2 minutes 57 seconds
Wanting To Fit In: Remembering My First Experience In A Non-Jewish Environment2 minutes 50 seconds
Growing Up In Chelsea, MA, A Jewish Immigrant Community1 minute 7 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Jewish education
- Religion and ritual
- shabbat, shabbes, sabbath
- Synagogue, shul, temple
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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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