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.

Leonard Nimoy's Mameloshn: A Yiddish Story

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  • Yes, Leonard Nimoy speaks Yiddish. Learn more about Leonard (Leyb) Nimoy from his Jewish roots in Boston's heymish West End neighborhood to his brief stint working with famous Yiddish theatre maven Maurice Schwartz in these video highlights from the Wexler Oral History Project's interview with the man made famous by his role as Spock on Star Trek.

This interview was conducted in English and Yiddish

Leonard Nimoy was born in 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts. Leonard, z"l, died in 2015.

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

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Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Family history, stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish learning
  • Coming back to Yiddish
  • Yiddish speaker
  • Immigration, Migration
  • Theater
  • Film
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Religion and ritual
  • Synagogue, shul, temple
  • United States
  • Food and culinary traditions
  • Roots/heritage

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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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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?