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.

Ed Asner's First Performance: His Bar Mitzvah

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Ed Asner, American actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild, describes the harrowing experience of his bar mitzvah as his first (failed) performance.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Ed Asner.

This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.