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.
Embodied History: The Experience and Impact of the Helix Project
Alana Fichman, Steiner Summer Yiddish Program student, explains how the experience of touring Eastern Europe with the Helix Project allowed them to exercise greater agency in the consideration and development of their Jewish identity.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Alana Fichman.
This excerpt is in English.
Alana Fichman was born in Santa Rosa, California in 1991.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Embodied History: The Experience and Impact of the Helix Project3 minutes 15 seconds
"Making a Space for Progressive Judaism": Yiddish and Queer Yiddishkayt Workshops at UC Berkeley5 minutes 46 seconds
A Steiner Student's Day3 minutes 1 second
"Before Our Eyes": Reconciling Past and Present with the Helix Project3 minutes 53 seconds
Why Study Yiddish? Far Vos Nisht! (Why Not?)3 minutes 45 seconds
Yiddish: A Logical Choice?1 minute 30 seconds
Reflections on Language and (Jewish) Peoplehood2 minutes 59 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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