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.
What is Yidish-Vokh (Yiddish Week)?
Jonathan (Itsik) Sunshine—University Heights (Cleveland) native and head of the greater Washington, D.C. Yiddish club—talks about Yiddish-Vokh (Yiddish Week), what it is and how it has changed over the years.
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.
Other video highlights from this oral history
What is Yidish-Vokh (Yiddish Week)?4 minutes 23 seconds
"It Was the Language of My Grandparents": Why Yiddish was and is Important to Me2 minutes 2 seconds
Memories of the Workmen's Circle Third Passover Seder4 minutes 43 seconds
Searching for a Non-Religious Jewish Identity: How I Got Back into Yiddish2 minutes 21 seconds
Yiddish in Washington D.C.4 minutes 45 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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.
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