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.
They Said They Didn't Want Yiddish Anymore
Arturo Kerbel-Shein, Yiddish language activist, recounts how he began organizing his fellow students in protest against his day school abandoning Yiddish classes. Though Arturo and his friends were able to keep their own Jewish History class in Yiddish, the school later dropped Yiddish as a subject.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Arturo Kerbel-Shein.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Arturo Kerbel-Shein was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1988.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
They Said They Didn't Want Yiddish Anymore2 minutes 54 seconds
Independent Yiddish Undertakings in Mexico2 minutes 28 seconds
Yiddish and Hebrew in Mexico2 minutes 45 seconds
Isaac Bashevis Singer and Magical Realism: My Favorite from Yiddish2 minutes 4 seconds
On the Decline of Yiddish Language Education and Rise in Assimilation in Mexico3 minutes 22 seconds
The Jewish Community in Mexico3 minutes 12 seconds
"We're Also a Part of Mexico": The Jewish Mexican Community3 minutes 48 seconds
Youth for Yiddish in Mexico City3 minutes 7 seconds
A (Jewish Mexican) Family that Values Tradition, but Isn't Religious1 minute 37 seconds
Learning Yiddish in a Jewish Day School in Mexico City1 minute 37 seconds
To Be Jewish and Mexican1 minute 52 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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