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.

Traveling with Yiddish: A Language Shaped by Different Countries and Climates

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Paul Azaroff, Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher and native of New York City, discusses speaking Yiddish in Israel, Canada, and America. He describes how different dialects amongst his mishpokhe (family) in Israel influenced his Yiddish, even while living in a harshly anti-Yiddish climate in the state at large.

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.