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.
"Appealing to a Sense of Fun, Not Guilt": KlezCalifornia's Approach To Promoting Yiddish Culture
Judy Kunofsky, executive director of KlezCalifornia, explains that KlezCalifornia encourages people to participate in its programs because they will enjoy themselves - rather than making them feel responsible for saving Yiddish.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Judy Kunofsky.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"Appealing to a Sense of Fun, Not Guilt": KlezCalifornia's Approach To Promoting Yiddish Culture1 minute 42 seconds
Judy Kunofsky On Founding KlezCalifornia1 minute 55 seconds
An American Jewish Community that Has All the Pieces3 minutes 8 seconds
They Sent Me To Yiddish School & Stopped Speaking Yiddish in the House1 minute 27 seconds
"Minor Keys Don't Sound Sad to Me": KlezCalifornia Founder Reflects on Yiddish Music2 minutes 34 seconds
Yiddish Culture Brings Generations Together1 minute 9 seconds
The Mission of KlezCalifornia1 minute 42 seconds
Memories of the Arbeter Ring (Workmen's Circle) Education5 minutes 7 seconds
"That's What You Do If You're A Jew": Reflecting On Reconstructionist Judaism2 minutes 7 seconds
"Kinahora": The Evil Eye, and The Irrational Aspects of Judaism2 minutes 5 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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