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.

Stories About My Bobe: Sneaking Out of Shul to Skinny Dip, Making a Living Through Depression

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Fay Webern, New York City native and writer of historical, literary non-fiction, shares stories about her maternal grandmother, who snuck out of shul with her students in Russia to skinny dip, prayed over graves at Yahrzeits, and sold sour pickles and pickled herring during the Depression.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Fay Webern.

This excerpt is in English.

Fay Webern was born in New York, New York in 1927.