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 Reflects On The Experience Of Playing Tevye In His Hometown

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  • Leonard Nimoy, Jewish actor most well-known for his role as Spock on the Star Trek science fiction series, recalls the wonderful experience of playing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof in his hometown of Boston.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Leonard Nimoy.

This excerpt is in English.

Leonard Nimoy was born in 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts. Leonard, z"l, died in 2015.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

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Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Boston
  • Sholem Aleichem
  • Tevye the Dairyman
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • family
  • Theater
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Love, Relationships

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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