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.

Organizing Jewish Community in the "Wilderness" of Suffolk County

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Rita Licht Rosenthal, a retired social worker, remembers her mother's concerns over Rita's children being brought up in a place with so few Jews, and then relates the story of the founding of the Commack Jewish Center.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Rita Licht Rosenthal.

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.

Rita Licht Rosenthal was born in Bronx, New York in 1930.