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.

My Mother Was a Yiddishist

Watch now:

Sheila Horvitz, history teacher and lawyer, shares how her mother began the Yiddish Vinkl at her synagogue, her mother's notoriety in the Yiddish community, and her mother's complicated feelings towards Israel and the use of Hebrew.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Sheila Horvitz.

This excerpt is in English.

Sheila Horvitz was born in New York, New York in 1944.