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.

"So Much Acceptance": Jewish Diversity at KlezKanada

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  • Joanne Borts—Broadway singer and Yiddish activist—discusses how she "fell in love" with KlezKanada. She reflects on the mutual acceptance among Jews from a the range of religious observance at KlezKanada, and how experiencing this opened her up to dating the religious man who became her husband.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Joanne Borts.

This excerpt is in English.

This interview is part of the series.

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?