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.
A Proud Father: Taking a Place In Our Family Jewish Band
Jerry Weinstein, former Education professor at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, describes how he learned to play piano in the Klezmer style so that he could play gigs with his musician father, and reflects on how proud this made his father.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jerry Weinstein.
This excerpt is in English.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A Proud Father: Taking a Place In Our Family Jewish Band1 minute 20 seconds
"Accounting" For My Love of Literature2 minutes 27 seconds
"A Neighborhood Celebration": Street Games and Passover in West Philadelphia1 minute 26 seconds
Poking Fun At Anti-Semitism With Philip Roth and Saul Bellow1 minute 34 seconds
Klezmer: The Voice of Jewish Mourning2 minutes 13 seconds
1950s, Kentucky State College: Encountering Segregation in the South for the First Time2 minutes 31 seconds
Saved By The Flute1 minute 23 seconds
Becoming Aware of White Privilege in T-Groups3 minutes 12 seconds
Staying With Black Coal Miners in Appalachia1 minute 37 seconds
"That's the Kind of Counselor I Was": Teaching Mambo at Camp Yeshiva1 minute 41 seconds
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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