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
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 Yiddish and English.
Rita Licht Rosenthal was born in Bronx, New York in 1930.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Organizing Jewish Community in the "Wilderness" of Suffolk County4 minutes 30 seconds
Life in the Bathgate Ave. Bronx Neighborhood During the Depression2 minutes 45 seconds
Three Weeks of the Same Lesson: Tutoring with the rebetsn (Rabbi's wife)1 minute 24 seconds
"Hebreyish, Hebreyish": A Father's Naches (Pride) in His Daughter's Hebrew Skills2 minutes 10 seconds
Yiddish in Venice and Paris2 minutes 9 seconds
Same Classes, Different Degree: Sexism at College1 minute 15 seconds
A Life in Service2 minutes 4 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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