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.
Reflections on Language and (Jewish) Peoplehood
Alana Fichman, Steiner Summer Yiddish Program student, talks about the significance of language in the development of group identities and how Jewish languages in particular reflect a long and diverse history of interactions between the Jewish people and their neighbors in the Diaspora.
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
Reflections on Language and (Jewish) Peoplehood2 minutes 59 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
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
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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