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.

Cantor Father's Guggle Muggle Before Kol Nidre

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  • Al Rosen, WWII veteran, talks about how his father became a cantor and the special concoction he would drink before Kol Nidre to help his voice.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Ellsworth (Al) Rosen.

This excerpt is in English.

Ellsworth (Al) Rosen was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1924.

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?