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.

A Jewish Neighborhood, A Jewish Home: Stories of Growing Up, and Eating in New York City

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Paul Azaroff, Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher and native of New York City, describes his close-knit Jewish neighborhood in New York City. He explains how American culture remained foreign and exotic, as he was surrounded by Jewish customs, Jewish foods, and Yiddish.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Paul Azaroff.

This excerpt is in English.

Paul Azaroff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1934.