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.

Why Yiddish? David Shneer's Advice to Students of the Yiddish Book Center's Steiner Summer Yiddish Program

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  • David Shneer, z"l, professor of history and religious studies and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, speaks about that pesky question any student of Yiddish has heard over and over: "Why Yiddish?" He explains how it is possible to make a parnose (a living) from Yiddish, and gives a sneak-peak of what students might learn through studying Yiddish.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with David Shneer.

This excerpt is in English.

David Shneer was born in Los Angeles, California in 1972. David, z"l, died in 2020.

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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.

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