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.
Theo Bikel and Mike Burstyn: Avi Hoffman Reflects on His Mentors
Avi Hoffman, actor, reflects on his role models who became his colleagues in Yiddish theatre. He particularly remembers going to see his very first Broadway play as a young boy and the thrill of getting to meet Mike Burstyn, one of his acting heroes.
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.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Theo Bikel and Mike Burstyn: Avi Hoffman Reflects on His Mentors4 minutes 7 seconds
Witnessing the Beginning of the Decline of Yiddish in the 1960s1 minute 59 seconds
A Core of Yiddishists in the Bronx: Secular Yiddish Culture and Jewish Tradition on Bainbridge Ave.4 minutes 34 seconds
"It Was Buzzing With Activity": Sholem Aleichem Folk Shul #212 minutes 20 seconds
"An Entire World of Creativity": The Secular Yiddish Scene in New York in the 1960s3 minutes 6 seconds
Avreml: My First Starring (Yiddish) Acting Role at Age Four2 minutes 2 seconds
A "Modern Revolution in Yiddish Theater": The Genesis of The Show "Dos Goldene Land"3 minutes 40 seconds
A Personal Impression of Yiddish in Israel2 minutes 22 seconds
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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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