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.

Polina Markovna Shepherd's Six Major Yiddish Influences

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Polina Markovna Shepherd, Yiddish performer, composer, and choir leader, lists her 6 greatest Yiddish influences — Leonid Sonts, Adrienne Cooper, Zalmen Mlotek, Frank London, Merlin Shepherd, and Lorin Sklamberg — and explains why they each impacted her.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Polina Markovna Shepherd.

This excerpt is in English.

Polina Markovna Shepherd was born in Tomsk, USSR.