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.
$75 from Marseille to Haifa:Fighting Sholem Asch on the Way to Israel
Paul Azaroff, Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher and native of New York City, recalls his first trip to Israel, made even more memorable by the presence of two celebrities onboard.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Paul Azaroff.
This excerpt is in English.
Paul Azaroff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1934.
Other video highlights from this oral history
$75 from Marseille to Haifa:Fighting Sholem Asch on the Way to Israel1 minute 35 seconds
It Was All One Piece: On Finding Zionism, and Experiencing Judaism in Israel2 minutes 51 seconds
Lessons from Translating The Shopkeepers of Vilna: Distant, Vibrant Customs in Colloquial Yiddish5 minutes 20 seconds
Accidental Artifacts: The Essence Yiddish Theater and Yiddish Film2 minutes 27 seconds
A Jewish Neighborhood, A Jewish Home: Stories of Growing Up, and Eating in New York City3 minutes 5 seconds
Finding the Mishpokhe in London, France, and Israel4 minutes 59 seconds
I Thought She Was Magic: Stories of My Vegetarian, Witchy, Thrifty Bubbe4 minutes 4 seconds
Making Love in Yiddish: On Americanized Jews and Living Yiddish2 minutes 17 seconds
Mesmerized by The Young Guard: Radical Youth for a New Generation of the Jewish People3 minutes 57 seconds
Keeping Yiddish, Learning Hebrew: Stories of Language in a Kibbutz and a Jewish Multilingual Past and Present2 minutes 14 seconds
Traveling with Yiddish: A Language Shaped by Different Countries and Climates4 minutes 8 seconds
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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