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.
"As Far As I'm Concerned, It's Here": Elliott Gould on the Place of Yiddish
Elliott Gould, American actor, answers the question "What is the place of Yiddish today?" with a philosophical positivity.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Elliott Gould.
This excerpt is in English.
Elliott Gould was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1938.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"As Far As I'm Concerned, It's Here": Elliott Gould on the Place of Yiddish1 minute 54 seconds
Rusty Water Guns and Baseball Bets: Elliott Gould Remembers Growing Up on Bay Parkway in Brooklyn3 minutes 43 seconds
Elliott Gould on Learning to Walk, John Wooden, and the Theme of Balance in His Life3 minutes 20 seconds
Elliott Gould's Mother Making Thanksgiving for Kosher Relatives1 minute 20 seconds
"The Greater Part of Unorthodox is Orthodox": Elliott Gould's Personal Take on the Bar Mitzvah Tradition with His Own Grandson1 minute 24 seconds
Elliott Gould on Meeting Barbra Streisand2 minutes 40 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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