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.

A Core of Yiddishists in the Bronx: Secular Yiddish Culture and Jewish Tradition on Bainbridge Ave.

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Avi Hoffman, actor, describes growing up among the vibrant community of secular Yiddishists on Bainbridge Avenue in the Bronx, and the passion and scholarship they devoted to the cause of both the Yiddish language and broader Jewish tradition.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Avi Hoffman.

This excerpt is in English.

Avi Hoffman was born in Bronx, New York in 1958.