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.

"When Children Start Playing in the Street in Yiddish, Yiddish Will Live"

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Jack Lewin—Yiddish poet and actor based in Los Angeles—discusses the role of Yiddish in American Jewish culture, pointing out how many Yiddish organizations are run in English and how many people learn to speak in university classes.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jack Lewin.

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.

Jack Lewin was born in Lodz, Poland in 1928.