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.

Teaching and Performing for Yiddish Speakers in Sao Paolo

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  • Polina Markovna Shepherd, Yiddish performer, composer, and choir leader, remembers her reaction when the audience at a Sunday club performance in Sao Paolo understood her Yiddish language songs. She describes being effected by their sense of Yiddishkeit.

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.

This interview is part of the series.

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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.

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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?