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.

Hope for the Future of Yiddish Theater

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  • Bryna Wasserman, executive director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and daughter of Yiddish actress Dora Wasserman, reflects on the challenges of Yiddish theater and the way forward.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Bryna Wasserman.

This excerpt is in English.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Bryna Wasserman
  • Dora Wasserman
  • Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theater
  • National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene
  • Folksbiene
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish revival and activism
  • Coming back to Yiddish
  • Theater
  • United States
  • Canada
  • America
  • Transmission
  • Roots, heritage
  • Jewish community
  • Assimilation

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?