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.

Yiddish, Not Assimilation

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  • Elliott (Elye) Palevsky – former CEO of River Garden senior services and child of Yiddish-speaking former partisan fighters – talks about how Jewish immigrants avoided complete assimilation into American society. He also talks about how the role of the Yiddish language changed over time in the United States.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Elliott (Elye) Palevsky.

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.

Elliott (Elye) Palevsky was born in Bronx, New York in 1947.

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?