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.

The Encouraging Warmth of a Yiddish-Speaking Community

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Motl Didner, associate artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, recounts the encouragement that the inviting svives (gatherings) of the New York City Yiddish scene provided for him in his early days of studying the language.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Motl Didner.

This excerpt is in English.

Motl Didner was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1973.