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.

A Bar Mitzvah at Age Twelve

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Paul Kaye - Navy veteran and officer on the Haganah ship Hatikvah - explains that, because he lost his father at a young age, he was considered an orphan and became a bar mitzvah at the age of twelve.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Paul Kaye.

This excerpt is in English.

Paul Kaye was born in New York, New York in 1967.