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.

"It Was the Language of My Grandparents": Why Yiddish was and is Important to Me

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Jonathan (Itsik) Sunshine—University Heights (Cleveland) native and head of the greater Washington, D.C. Yiddish club—explains why Yiddish is important to him, especially as a kid.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jonathan (Itsik) Sunshine.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Jonathan (Itsik) Sunshine was born in New Jersey in 1944.