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.
Nikolai (Kolya) Borodulin's Oral History
Nikolai (Kolya) Borodulin, master teacher at Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, was interviewed by Pauline Katz on August 25, 2011 at KlezKanada in the Laurentian Mountains of Canada.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Nikolai (Kolya) Borodulin was born in Birobidzhan, Russia in 1961.
Video highlights from this oral history
Discovering My Family History Through Proverbs4 minutes 4 seconds
A Father's Childhood Memories of Crimea1 minute 36 seconds
I Started Studying Yiddish Because I Was Offered A Job To Teach It In Birobidzhan1 minute 45 seconds
Learning Yiddish from a Soviet Textbook2 minutes 11 seconds
What Is Rosh Hashanah? Discovering Jewish Culture at Age Eighteen in Birobidzhan, Jewish Autonomous Region of the Soviet Union4 minutes 32 seconds
Discovering Chancellor Murphy’s Connection To Birobizhan on My First Trip To America1 minute 37 seconds
Creating Yiddish Games for Children1 minute 18 seconds
A Week in Yiddishland at Circle Lodge with Workmen's Circle1 minute 26 seconds
Advice for Yiddish Learners: Have a Real Interest in Yiddish1 minute 7 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Soviet Union
- Eastern Europe
- Rosh Hashanah
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Yiddish scene
- Immigration and migration
- Career and Professional Life
- United States
- Nikolai Kolye Borodulin
- Arbeter Ring
- Workmen's Circle
- Itche Goldberg
- Miriam Dorn
- City College of New York
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