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.

“All of a Sudden… I Said Yes!”: Becoming the President of the Workmen's Circle

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  • Barnett Zumoff, Yiddish translator and President Emeritus of the Workmen's Circle/Arbeiter Ring, describes when he first decided to join the leadership of the Workmen's Circle, and his first impression of Aaron Lansky, current President of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Barnett Zumoff.

This excerpt is in English.

Barnett Zumoff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926.

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?