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.

"They Knew A War Was Coming": Zionism At Home and Leaving Palestine Before World War Two

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  • Naomi Leaf Halpern – Jewish dancer and centenarian – shares how important Zionism was to her family. She then explain why, despite their love of Palestine, her parents immigrated to the United States.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Noami Leaf Halpern.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Noami Leaf Halpern was born in Jerusalem, Palestine in 1914.

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?