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.

The Yiddish Alef-Beys (Alphabet) to the tune of The Sound of Music's "Do-Re-Mi"

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  • Joanne Borts—Broadway singer and Yiddish activist—sings the Yiddish alphabet to the tune of "Do-Re-Mi," demonstrating how she teaches the children with whom she works in the project that she started called "Kids & Yiddish." The arrangement was written by Nathan Zumoff, z”l.

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

This excerpt is in Yiddish and 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?