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.

Ashkenazi Jewish Immigrant Life in Mexico City in the 1920s and '30s

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  • Jaya Torenberg—the former director of the Colegio Israelita de Mexico, a Yiddish school founded in 1924 in Mexico City—describes immigrant life in downtown Mexico City for Ashkenazi Jews in the 1920s and '30s.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jaya Elena Torenberg.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Jaya Elena Torenberg was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1930.

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?