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.

My “So Called” Bar Mitzvah: A Secular Jewish Coming-of-Age

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David Simon, son of Yiddish author and Jewish educator Solomon Simon, describes how his father's non-traditional Bar Mitzvah assignment for David helped David explore Jewish tradition.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with David Simon.

This excerpt is in English.

David Simon was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924. David died in 2019.