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.

Getting Cowgirls to Speak Yiddish: My Particular Brand of Activism

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Eleanor Reissa, singer, explains that she has never thought of herself as a Yiddish activist, but that she has developed her own methods for keeping the language relevant, including directing her non-Jewish cast members with Yiddish instructions.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Eleanor Reissa.

This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.

Eleanor Reissa was born in Brooklyn, New York.