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.
"Kinahora": The Evil Eye, and The Irrational Aspects of Judaism
Judy Kunofsky, executive director of KlezCalifornia, explains that she loves saying the Yiddish phrase kinahora because it reflects what she calls the irrational parts of Judaism.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Judy Kunofsky.
This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.
Judy Kunofsky was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1947.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"That's What You Do If You're A Jew": Reflecting On Reconstructionist Judaism
2 min 7 sec
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"Minor Keys Don't Sound Sad to Me": KlezCalifornia Founder Reflects on Yiddish Music
2 min 34 sec
Slide 4 of 9
"Appealing to a Sense of Fun, Not Guilt": KlezCalifornia's Approach To Promoting Yiddish Culture
1 min 42 sec
Slide 6 of 9