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.

Keeping Yiddish, Learning Hebrew: Stories of Language in a Kibbutz and a Jewish Multilingual Past and Present

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Paul Azaroff, Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher and native of New York City, explains the political divide between Hebrew and Zionism, and Yiddish and Socialism through the telling of goofy anecdotes about mixing up the languages while living in an Argentinean kibbutz in early state Israel.

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.