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Her Daughter at Weinreich's Desk
Adrienne Cooper z"l talks about her daughter, Klezmer musician Sarah Gordon, growing up in the Yiddish world and her early exposure to Yiddish culture. She describes her daughter at the age of four sitting at Max Weinreich's desk in YIVO, pretending to work.
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
Her Daughter at Weinreich's Desk2 minutes 19 seconds
Adrienne Cooper Finds a Mentor1 minute 29 seconds
"A Thin Thread": Song-Teaching Project in Former Soviet Union6 minutes 27 seconds
Adrienne Cooper's Advice to Future Generations4 minutes 43 seconds
Creation of KlezKamp3 minutes 34 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
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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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