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.

My Mother Passed Down Religion and Culture to Her Community

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Yaakov Wasilewicz – Jewish musician – describes how his mother learned religious practices and how she passed them down to the Jews of Czestochowa. He also describes her role as the head of a secular Jewish organization, through which, his mother advocated for Jewish culture.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Yaakov Wasilewicz.

This excerpt is in English.

Yaakov Wasilewicz was born in Czestowa in 1988.