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.

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  • Annette Epstein Jolles—Washington, DC native and social worker— remembers how a strong Jewish community helped to shape her Jewish identity in adulthood.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Annette Epstein Jolles.

This excerpt is in English.

Annette Epstein Jolles was born in Washington, D.C..

Other video highlights from this oral history

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?