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.
Clarion Colony: The Jewish Farming Community in Utah
David Berg, a South Philadelphia native, speaks about the Jewish agricultural colony which a group of Philadelphia Jews founded in 1910 in Utah at the behest of the state's governor. He also explains how this colony is partly responsible for his grandfather's name change during the emigration process from Leib Kalinsky to Louis Martin.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with David Berg.
This excerpt is in English.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Clarion Colony: The Jewish Farming Community in Utah5 minutes 2 seconds
South Philly's Jewish Shopping District1 minute 24 seconds
Freedom From Fear: Making It in America4 minutes 26 seconds
The Little Shul in Philadelphia6 minutes 37 seconds
SPHAS: The South Philadelphia Hebrew Association Basketball Team3 minutes 45 seconds
A Few of My Grandfather's Favorite Things2 minutes
Grandparents As Markers Of Ethnic Identity3 minutes 32 seconds
Simkhes Toyre (Simchat Torah) in South Philly2 minutes 2 seconds
"Shrimp Was Their Kryptonite": Learning The Difference Between Sacred and Profane2 minutes 10 seconds
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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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