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.

The Future of Yiddish Theater: A Need for Something New

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  • Yelena Shmulenson, NY-based Yiddish actress from the Former Soviet Union, details why she has difficulty being hopeful about the future of Yiddish theater, and outlines what she believes must be done in order to keep it alive.

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 series.

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?