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.

Exploring the Hasidic Community: Going Full-Circle with My Interest in Religion

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  • Alec Burko - graduate student and staff member at the Yiddish Forverts - describes how he became more interested in religion after he started speaking Yiddish and how, after experiencing it firsthand, grew less interested.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Alec (Leyzer) Burko.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Alec (Leyzer) Burko was born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1978.

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?