Wexler Oral History Project

The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of in-depth video interviews with people of all ages, exploring Yiddish cultural topics and issues of modern Jewish identity.  The Project is particularly interested in how Yiddish language and culture inform Jewish identity, and how they, along with Jewish values and practices, are transmitted across generations.

In the past four years, we’ve recorded over 450 interviews, stories told by people of all ages and backgrounds—bobes (grandmothers) and young activists, Yiddish language students and professors, musicians, and grandchildren of Yiddish writers, native speakers and non-Yiddish speakers.

These interviews illustrate the ways in which Yiddish language and culture inform Jewish identity.  Together, these stories and reflections provide a glimpse into the ways in which cultural heritage is transmitted, adapted, and reinterpreted by each generation.

Weekly Featured Clip

A highlight from a full-length interview from the growing Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project archive.

The Yiddish Burlesque Theater in Toronto

Marlene Hait, raised in a Yiddish home by survivors of the Holocaust, recounts her brief foray into Yiddish theater, when she performed with the Toronto Peretz shule.
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