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.

Leonard Nimoy on the Search for A Heymish, Comfortable Jewish Community in California

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  • Leonard Nimoy, Jewish actor most well-known for his role as Spock on the Star Trek science fiction series, shares the story of his first High Holy Days in California as an example of the difficulties he encountered while trying to find meaningful Jewish community.

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.

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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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?