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

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  • 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, z"l, died in 2015.

This interview is part of the series.

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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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