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.
An Encore Bar Mitzvah Performance: Leonard Nimoy Reflect on his Religious Exposure as a Child
Leonard Nimoy, Jewish actor most well-known for his role as Spock on the Star Trek science fiction series, talks about his earliest exposure to Jewish religious education, sharing how his boredom in Hebrew school was offset by the excitement of his Bar Mitzvah service, which he was invited to perform a second time at another shul.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Leonard Nimoy.
This excerpt is in English.
Leonard Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1931. Leonard died in 2015.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Leonard Nimoy Remembers His First Foray Into Yiddish Theater in Los Angeles
1 min 57 sec
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Reciting Itzik Manger’s Poem, “Afn Veg Shteyt a Boym (By the Road Stands a Tree)”
2 min 17 sec
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Live Long and Prosper: The Jewish Story Behind Spock, Leonard Nimoy's Star Trek Character
5 min 27 sec
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Leonard Nimoy's Stint Working With Yiddish Theatre Director and Actor Maurice Schwartz
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“This Is What I Have To Do With The Rest Of My Life”: Starting an Acting Career Outside the West End
5 min 57 sec
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A Catholic Could Never Be President?: The Political Atmosphere of Leonard Nimoy’s Childhood Home
2 min 43 sec
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Leonard Nimoy on the Search for A Heymish, Comfortable Jewish Community in California
2 min 19 sec
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Leonard Nimoy Reflects On The Experience Of Playing Tevye In His Hometown
2 min 30 sec
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