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.
Sholem Berger on the Importance of Being Open as a Yiddish(ist) Community
Zackary Sholem Berger - doctor by day, Yiddish translator, blogger, and activist by night - reflects on the perceived exclusivity of some Yiddishist events and why Yiddishists should a welcoming community.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Zackary Sholem Berger.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Zackary Sholem Berger was born in Washington, D.C. in 1973.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Sholem Berger on the Importance of Being Open as a Yiddish(ist) Community2 minutes 22 seconds
Translating Dr. Seuss and other Children's Literature into Yiddish3 minutes 2 seconds
Without an Audience in Mind: Sholem Berger on Writing (Yiddish) Poetry2 minutes 36 seconds
Yiddishism and Multifaceted Jewish Identity4 minutes 15 seconds
Meeting Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter2 minutes 29 seconds
Itche Goldberg's Ideology1 minute 50 seconds
Rethinking the Idea of Yiddishland3 minutes 14 seconds
The Roles of Literature and Spoken Language in Transmission2 minutes 15 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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