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.
A Fight Between Polish and Russian: My Jewish Family's Culinary Traditions
Thelma Oldak Finkler, Yiddish translator and English teacher who grew up in Mexico, describes her family's cooking traditions, including recipes and cooking utensils inherited from her great-grandmother and learning to incorporate Mexican dishes into Jewish traditions.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Thelma Oldak Finkler.
This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.
Thelma Oldak Finkler was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1965.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A Fight Between Polish and Russian: My Jewish Family's Culinary Traditions2 minutes 10 seconds
Discovering Great-Grandfather's Tallis from the Old Country1 minute 3 seconds
"We Used to Go from One House to the Other through the Roofs": Growing Up In Mexico City2 minutes 7 seconds
"We Were Isolated Then": Many Different Jewish Schools in Mexico City1 minute 40 seconds
Fighting With Philosophy Professor About Religious Freedom1 minute 48 seconds
Differences Between Contemporary Yiddish Dialects1 minute 23 seconds
Inventing New Yiddish Words as a Translator1 minute 16 seconds
The Role of the Internet in the Future of Yiddish2 minutes 3 seconds
A Vision for Collaboration Between the World's Yiddish Translators2 minutes 12 seconds
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