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.
Like a Language: Jewish Identity in America
Yelena Shmulenson, NY-based Yiddish actress from the Former Soviet Union, describes how she experienced a shift in her Jewish identity after moving to the United States, and the long process of finding her way of being a Jew in America.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Yelena Shmulenson.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Yelena Shmulenson was born in Belarus.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
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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