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.

Secular Yiddish Education on Long Island

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  • Philip Reinish, a former union organizer and member of the American Left, talks about the Yiddish cultural school he founded with other Leftist Jews to transmit Jewish heritage to their children.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Philip Reinish.

This excerpt is in English.

Philip Reinish was born in 1927 in Brooklyn, New York.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Philip Reinish
  • New York
  • Communism
  • Communist Party
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish teaching
  • Yiddish learning
  • Education
  • Jewish education
  • Secular, Secularism, Non-religious
  • United States
  • Politics and political movements
  • Summer camp
  • Roots/heritage
  • Transmission

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.

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