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.

Who is Irena Klepfisz?: Mentor, Lesbian Yiddish Poetess

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Zohar Weiman-Kelman--scholar of Queer Studies, Yiddish Studies, and Jewish literature--introduces their mentor and the subject of their work Irena Klepfisz. They found Klepfisz while searching for a radical lesbian Yiddish poetess, and since she has become an inspiration for Zohar's own work.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Zohar Weiman-Kelman.

This excerpt is in English.

Zohar Weiman-Kelman was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1982.