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 Secular Yiddish Bar Mitzvah
Martin Broder, cardiologist and Yiddish speaker, describes his 1949 secular bar mitzvah that included speeches and reminiscing entirely in Yiddish - a one of a kind event that was written up in the Yiddish Forverts.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Martin Broder.
This excerpt is in English.
Other video highlights from this oral history
My Secular Yiddish Bar Mitzvah2 minutes 47 seconds
Annual Shlep From Detroit to Brooklyn for the Passover Seder4 minutes 19 seconds
She Called Me "Duckling": Remembering My Grandmother1 minute 24 seconds
The Jewish Part of My Identity Had Nothing to Do With Religion: A Secular Yiddishist Home in Detroit2 minutes 28 seconds
Sholem Aleichem and Arbeter Ring: Memories From The Yiddish Secular Schools3 minutes 37 seconds
How A Yiddish Folk Song Got Me Into The Chicago Symphony Chorus4 minutes 50 seconds
The Best That We Can Do Is the Best That We Can Do: Transmitting Jewish Culture To Our Children2 minutes 35 seconds
Beethoven to Sidor Belarsky: Growing Up With Classical and Jewish Music2 minutes 51 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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