The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

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Yes, Leonard (Leyb) Nimoy speaks Yiddish. Learn more about the man behind Star Trek's Spock, from his Jewish roots in Boston's heymish West End neighborhood to his stint working with the world-renowned Yiddish theatre director Maurice Schwartz.

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Who's studying Yiddish these days anyway? It turns out there's a small but steady contingent of non-Jewish students in Yiddish classes. Hear from some we've interviewed as part of the Wexler Oral History Project and learn how they got interested, and what it's like when they're the only non-Jew in the room.

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Meet Alter Esselin, award-winning Yiddish "carpenter-poet," through the stories of his son, playwright Joe Esselin.

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Anthony Russell, singer, describes his artistic journey from opera to Yiddish folk song.

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Chana Gonshor, born in 1919 in Warsaw, describes her childhood home in Warsaw and the activities of Jewish youth organizations that were a haven to impoverished children.