Wexler Oral History Project

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

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  • 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.

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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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