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.
Interpreting Judaism: Being the Only Jew in the Mount Holyoke Library
Elaine Trehub - retired Mount Holyoke College archivist - describes her experience being Jewish in a Christian area, how such a position influenced her to learn more, and how she and her family maintained their Jewish identity.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Elaine Trehub.
This excerpt is in English.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Interpreting Judaism: Being the Only Jew in the Mount Holyoke Library1 minute 46 seconds
Smoking on Shabbos1 minute 38 seconds
My Father, The Locksmith2 minutes 14 seconds
A Fish Out of Water: A Strained Relationship With The Jewish Community3 minutes 43 seconds
Remarkable Women Teachers Led Me to Radcliffe3 minutes 41 seconds
My Grandfather Smoked on Shabbos1 minute 38 seconds
Changes in Women's Colleges Over Time1 minute 47 seconds
Blue Hill Avenue4 minutes 42 seconds
"Boy, What I've Lost!": The Most Beautiful Yiddish2 minutes 29 seconds
Three Decker Apartment Full of Family1 minute 47 seconds
"Foreign Flavor" on Blue Hill Avenue1 minute 15 seconds
Finding Eastern-European Roots1 minute 24 seconds
Cambridge and Mattapan: Living in Two Worlds3 minutes 18 seconds
I Invented A Khanike (Channukah) Angel: Transmitting Jewish Identity To My Children3 minutes 37 seconds
Importance of Work, As A Woman3 minutes 39 seconds
Using Yiddish in the Hospital1 minute 24 seconds
Two Strong Women At The Amherst College Archives42 seconds
American and Jew: Negotiating Identities3 minutes 27 seconds
"Your Good Fortune Should Be As Beautiful As You Are": My Father's Yiddish Expression1 minute 42 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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