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.
Yiddish (and the Yiddish Book Center) as Part of the American Jewish Future
Judith Klau, English teacher, explains why she sees Yiddish and Yiddishkeit as an integral part of the future of American Jewry.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Judith Klau.
This excerpt is in English.
Judith Klau was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1935.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Yiddish (and the Yiddish Book Center) as Part of the American Jewish Future1 minute 37 seconds
"We were in denial:" Believing the Holocaust1 minute 5 seconds
"Lomir Zikh Iberbetn (Let's Forgive Each Other)": A Favorite Yiddish Song2 minutes 13 seconds
Remembering Poale Zion and the Zionism of the 1940s3 minutes 39 seconds
Remembering Yiddish School1 minute 14 seconds
Remembering an unusual American Yiddish song sung by her father59 seconds
"That was the best food."2 minutes 17 seconds
Singing the Yiddish song "Yomi Yomi"1 minute 55 seconds
"How do we let them know we are Jewish?": Fostering Jewish Identity at the Groton School2 minutes 44 seconds
Remembering davening (praying) with her father.1 minute 36 seconds
Introducing Jewish services at the Groton School2 minutes 56 seconds
"A Slice of Life": Why I Love Yiddish Literature2 minutes 30 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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