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.
There Are Thousands of Other Yiddish Plays Out There!: A Resurgence of Interest in Yiddish Theater
Joel Berkowitz, Director of Jewish Studies and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, comments upon the current state of Yiddish theater and remains optimistic that "the message is getting out there" that there's more to Yiddish theater than just "The Dybbuk," "The Golem," and "God of Vengeance."
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Joel Berkowitz.
This excerpt is in English.
Joel Berkowitz was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1965.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
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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