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.
Connecting with Jewish folk music
musician Assaf Talmudi explains that he started playing Klezmer music because it felt unauthentic to play folk music from other cultures.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Assaf Talmudi.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Connecting with Jewish folk music1 minute 57 seconds
Why there won't be a Yiddish revival in Israel1 minute 17 seconds
Recordings are not enough1 minute 57 seconds
You are Klezmer the moment you can carry just one simple tune1 minute 37 seconds
Jewish Moldovan Gypsy music2 minutes 50 seconds
Only Hebrew Allowed1 minute 4 seconds
Musical Diversity2 minutes 37 seconds
Playing Jewish Music in Poland1 minute 25 seconds
Making Judaism into a Nationality2 minutes 53 seconds
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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