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.

"I Found the Light in the Darkness of Being a Jew": Spiritual Awakening in Upstate New York

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Jalda Rebling—Renewal Cantor and Yiddish performer—remembers celebrating Tisha B'Av as a German in America, and initially resisting the American Rabbi's sentiments, but over the course of the holiday's rituals, understood what he meant.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jalda Rebling.

This excerpt is in English.