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
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 interview was conducted in English.
Philip Reinish was born in 1927 in Brooklyn, New York.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Secular Yiddish Education on Long Island2 minutes 19 seconds
"Everything I Did In My Life Was Because I Was Jewish."2 minutes 13 seconds
Finding Mentors and Myself: Getting Involved with Union Organizing and the Left5 minutes 1 second
"The World is Meshuga": Advice to Future Generations35 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish learning
- Jewish education
- Secular, Secularism, Non-religious
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Summer camp
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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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