THE YIDDISH BOOK CENTER'S
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.

From Radical Zionism to Conservative Judaism

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  • Martha Ackelsberg - Professor of Government and the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College - describes the way her parents' plans to emigrate to Israel changed as a result of the Second World War and their choice of Jewish identity in suburban New Jersey.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Martha Ackelsberg.

This excerpt is in English.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?