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 Personal Impression of Yiddish in Israel

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Avi Hoffman, actor, shares the observation from his childhood that Yiddish was not encouraged in any official capacity by Israel's leaders and was disdained by her citizens as the language of Jewish victimhood.

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.