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.
"There Was Always a Flavor, Without Being Dogmatic": Growing Up in a Secular Jewish Home
Merlin Shepherd, klezmer musician and instructor, shares what it was like growing up in a non-religious, yet strongly Jewish-identified home.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Merlin Shepherd.
This excerpt is in English.
Merlin Shepherd was born in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom in 1963.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"My Grandparents Would Speak in Fluent Yiddish When They Didn't Want Us to Understand"
2 min 11 sec
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My Best Teachers were Recordings: Discovering Klezmer and Finding My Sound
1 min 50 sec
Slide 2 of 7