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.

Live Long and Prosper: The Jewish Story Behind Spock, Leonard Nimoy's Star Trek Character

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  • Leonard Nimoy, Jewish actor best known for his role as Spock on the Star Trek science fiction series, explains the Jewish story behind the hand-gesture he made famous through his role as Spock in the Star Trek science fiction series.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Leonard Nimoy.

This excerpt is in English.

Leonard Nimoy was born in 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts. Leonard, z"l, died in 2015.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Star Trek
  • science fiction
  • Live Long And Prosper
  • Spock
  • Gene Roddenberry
  • West End
  • Boston
  • Vulcan
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • song, singing
  • Religion and ritual
  • Synagogue, shul, temple
  • Jewish holidays
  • America

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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