The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

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Leonard (Leyb) Nimoy, z"l, spoke 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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As the first film in our "Beyond the Books" series, this short documentary features the life and works of Yiddish poet Ida Maze, a poet who cultivated a community of Yiddish writers in Montreal. 

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

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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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Benjamin (Binyomen) Harshav, z"l - professor emeritus at Yale University - describes collecting folklore for a class by getting market vendors to curse him.