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.
Secular, but Not Out of Touch with Religious Roots of Jewish Culture
Elliott (Elye) Palevsky – former CEO of River Garden senior services and child of Yiddish-speaking former partisan fighters – shares the advice his father gave about going to shul. His father wanted Elliott to understand all aspects of Jewish life and to not separate religion and secular-ness.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Elliott (Elye) Palevsky.
This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.
Elliott (Elye) Palevsky was born in Bronx, New York in 1947.
Other video highlights from this oral history
An Important Moment in American Folk History: Reflection on Camp Hemshekh and Ethnic Pride Movements in the U.S.
1 min 22 sec
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Former Jewish Partisan Fighter's Reaction to Her Son's Political Activism
1 min 25 sec
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They Were Mythological Figures-Growing Up the Child of Former Partisan Fighters
2 min 38 sec
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