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.
How My Judaism Has Changed Over the Years: Reflections on Relationship to Shul
Albert "Boonie" Dinner and Leonard Strear, cousins who grew up working with livestock in Colorado, reflect on how their attitudes toward shul (synagogue) have changed over the years. Booney remembers being initially bothered by Yom Kippur prayers in the Reform style, but now wishes his father were still alive so that they could appreciate the services together. Leonard attends East Denver Orthodox Synagogue (EDOS), after getting used to the services he explains, "I just think it's part of me."
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Leonard Strear and Albert Dinner.
This excerpt is in English.
Leonard Strear was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1924.
Albert Dinner was born in Greeley, Colorado.
Other video highlights from this oral history
How My Judaism Has Changed Over the Years: Reflections on Relationship to Shul1 minute 52 seconds
Sharing Our Family Pictures2 minutes 43 seconds
Kiddush at the Distillery2 minutes 55 seconds
Landing on the Beaches of Normandy51 seconds
Driving Around Town in a Jack Benny Maxwell with Friend2 minutes 8 seconds
Our Advice1 minute 53 seconds
A Time I Felt Aware of My Jewishness: Serving in World War II3 minutes 25 seconds
My First Time Eating Shellfish1 minute 2 seconds
"Bubbe Maytse"2 minutes 5 seconds
Growing up in Greeley, Colorado2 minutes 21 seconds
Describing the Rodeo2 minutes 20 seconds
Our Favorite Yiddish Phrases1 minute 51 seconds
Liberating a Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia During World War II1 minute 57 seconds
"I Could Do Everything a Cowboy Could Do"2 minutes 17 seconds
Experiences of Anti-Semitism While Serving in the War1 minute 59 seconds
The Last Patrol1 minute 50 seconds
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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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