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.
Jean Baumgarten discusses the evolution and importance of the Tsene Rene, a book which served as a "women's bible" and made religious texts more accessible to women through the use of Yiddish.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jean Baumgarten.
This excerpt is in English.
Jean Baumgarten was born in Paris, France in 1950.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Tsene Rene3 minutes
Transmission: an Academic's Duty to the Community3 minutes 6 seconds
Are you a Yiddishist?1 minute 44 seconds
Ashkenazic culture and subcultures1 minute 51 seconds
Beginning of Yiddish Studies2 minutes 19 seconds
Continuity Between Medieval and Contemporary Communities2 minutes 31 seconds
Isolation of Jewish Studies in Academia1 minute 27 seconds
Medem Bibliotheque1 minute 47 seconds
What is Ashkenazic Society2 minutes 58 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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