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'm not part of the whole Klezmer business": The Generational Divide in Yiddish Music and the Preservation of Culture at the Yiddish Book Center
Jalda Rebling—Renewal Cantor, Yiddish performer, and daughter of performer Lin Jaldati—discusses how Yiddish culture and music is evolving with new generations.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jalda Rebling.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"I'm not part of the whole Klezmer business": The Generational Divide in Yiddish Music and the Preservation of Culture at the Yiddish Book Center3 minutes 24 seconds
"It was a Combination of Yiddish Dances, Music and Song": The Start of Renowned Yiddish Performer Lin Jaldati's Career in a Self-Started Performance Program in 1930s Berlin2 minutes 48 seconds
"They Gave Illegal House Concerts": Life of a Jewish Artist in the Underground in the Netherlands During Nazi Occupation1 minute 29 seconds
"My Mom was Singing Yiddish Song in the Concentration Camp": Lin Jaldati's Yiddish Songs2 minutes 35 seconds
"On Stage She Was a Powerful Woman": The Internal Struggle of Renowned Yiddish performer Lin Jaldati2 minutes 43 seconds
"It's Very Difficult to Explain to People Who Don't Know": Jalda Rebling on Jewish Identity2 minutes 21 seconds
A Commemoration of Anne Frank sparked a Career in Yiddish Performance1 minute 56 seconds
"A Tool To Formulate Their Longing": East German Use of Yiddish as Resistance to Atomic Warfare2 minutes 25 seconds
"We Jews were scared.... our protectors had disappeared": Jewish Life in Post-Cold War Germany1 minute 14 seconds
"I Found the Light in the Darkness of Being a Jew": Spiritual Awakening in Upstate New York2 minutes 49 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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