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.

Clarion Colony: The Jewish Farming Community in Utah

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  • 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.

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?