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.

I Started Studying Yiddish Because I Was Offered A Job To Teach It In Birobidzhan

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  • Nikolai (Kolya) Borodulin - master teacher at Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring - describes how he was working as an English and German teacher when he was asked to learn Yiddish and become a Yiddish teacher.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Nikolai (Kolya) Borodulin.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Nikolai (Kolya) Borodulin was born in Birobidzhan, Russia in 1961.

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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?