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.

Discovering Great-Grandfather's Tallis from the Old Country

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  • Thelma Oldak Finkler, Yiddish translator and English teacher who grew up in Mexico, shares the story of discovering her great-grandfather's tallis at her grandfather's funeral.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Thelma Oldak Finkler.

This excerpt is in English.

Thelma Oldak Finkler was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1965.

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?