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.
A Girl to Lead the High Holidays' Services
Martha Ackelsberg - Professor of Government and the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College - talks about her education at the Prozdor Hebrew School in New York.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Martha Ackelsberg.
This excerpt is in English.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A Girl to Lead the High Holidays' Services5 minutes
The Chavurah Movement Now and Then4 minutes 25 seconds
From Radical Zionism to Conservative Judaism2 minutes 23 seconds
In the Kitchen of the Passover Seder3 minutes 9 seconds
The Fragility of Progress: Reflections of a Jewish Feminist3 minutes 36 seconds
Becoming a Jewish Feminist1 minute 32 seconds
Camp Ramah: Being Able to Be a Whole Person3 minutes 10 seconds
"Jewish Women Call For Change!"5 minutes 13 seconds
A "Mizmor L'Dovid" Melody Learned in Cordoba, Spain1 minute 35 seconds
Passover - A Time to Feel Fully Jewish1 minute 40 seconds
Rebuilding Jewish Life in Cordoba, Spain6 minutes 55 seconds
My Neighbor, the Country Club2 minutes 13 seconds
Sephardi Jews in Turkey1 minute 58 seconds
Commitment to Israel and to Social Justice1 minute 46 seconds
Early Years of a Jewish Feminist1 minute 32 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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