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.
"A Thin Thread": Song-Teaching Project in Former Soviet Union
Adrienne Cooper, Yiddish diva and mentor, remembers her time teaching devoted Russian Jewish students in St. Petersburg, who both needed and wanted to learn more about their Jewish histories. For these students, she says, relearning and "weaving" that back together the remnants of that history as though they were a "fine thread" was the real journey.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Adrienne Cooper.
This excerpt is in English.
Adrienne Cooper was born in Oakland, California in 1946. Adrienne, z"l, died in 2011.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"A Thin Thread": Song-Teaching Project in Former Soviet Union6 minutes 27 seconds
Adrienne Cooper Finds a Mentor1 minute 29 seconds
Adrienne Cooper's Advice to Future Generations4 minutes 43 seconds
Creation of KlezKamp3 minutes 34 seconds
Her Daughter at Weinreich's Desk2 minutes 19 seconds
Generations of Yiddish Song3 minutes 26 seconds
Growing up in the Oakland Jewish Community1 minute 30 seconds
Studying Yiddish2 minutes 45 seconds
"I Sunk into the YIVO"2 minutes 17 seconds
Teaching the Klezmatics1 minute 48 seconds
"It was really the source of my Jewish literacy." (Religious Education)1 minute 32 seconds
KlezKamp provides model of "living Jewish Culture"3 minutes 21 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
- Cultural transmission
- Soviet Union
- Eastern Europe
- Jewish education
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish language
- Jewish Identity
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish community
- St. Petersburg
- Jewish Communities of Russia
- Jewish music
- Jewish history
- Zalman Mlotek
- Shpray Zikh Mir
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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