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.
(Re)Interpreting the History of Yiddish in Israel: Theatre, Literature, and Language
Rachel Rojanski, Professor of Judaic Studies at Brown University, discusses her work from her book on the decline of the Yiddish press and the resurgence of a revived, transformed Yiddish theatre in Israel.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Rachel Rojanski.
This excerpt is in English.
Rachel Rojanski was born in Israel.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"Our Parents Were Galutim (From the Exile), and We Were Israelis!": Negative Attitudes Toward Eastern Europe
2 min 15 sec
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"If They're Reading Letste Nayes, They're Really Uneducated People": Attitudes Toward Yiddish in Israel
1 min 6 sec
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"I Told Him I Could Read Yiddish": The Teenager's Lie that Lead to My Lifelong Academic Involvement with Yiddish
3 min 46 sec
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Mystery or Hilarity: Attitudes toward Yiddish in Israel versus the United States
3 min 16 sec
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