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 With My Grandkids
Shulamith [Shami] Kligman-Zimmerman – Yiddish teacher and daughter of Yiddishist Joseph Kligman – shares what her grandson's favorite Yiddish phrase is, a curse, "Zoltsu vaksn vi a tsibile (You should grow like an onion)."
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Shulamith (Shami) Zimmerman.
This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Yiddish With My Grandkids1 minute 8 seconds
Becoming a Yiddish Teacher2 minutes 26 seconds
People Would Send My Father Yiddish Books to Review or Promote2 minutes 8 seconds
Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet" in Published Yiddish52 seconds
My Father, The Rabbi, and Yiddish1 minute 11 seconds
The Peretz School of Windsor, Ontario3 minutes 34 seconds
The Variations of Yiddish in Ontario3 minutes 15 seconds
My Father, Yiddish writer and Activist, Joseph Kligman2 minutes 16 seconds
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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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