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.
Judy Kunofsky's Oral History
Judy Kunofsky, executive director of KlezCalifornia, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 11, 2013 at her home in Berkeley, California.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
Judy Kunofsky On Founding KlezCalifornia1 minute 55 seconds
"Appealing to a Sense of Fun, Not Guilt": KlezCalifornia's Approach To Promoting Yiddish Culture1 minute 42 seconds
An American Jewish Community that Has All the Pieces3 minutes 8 seconds
They Sent Me To Yiddish School & Stopped Speaking Yiddish in the House1 minute 27 seconds
"Minor Keys Don't Sound Sad to Me": KlezCalifornia Founder Reflects on Yiddish Music2 minutes 34 seconds
Yiddish Culture Brings Generations Together1 minute 9 seconds
The Mission of KlezCalifornia1 minute 42 seconds
Memories of the Arbeter Ring (Workmen's Circle) Education5 minutes 7 seconds
"That's What You Do If You're A Jew": Reflecting On Reconstructionist Judaism2 minutes 7 seconds
"Kinahora": The Evil Eye, and The Irrational Aspects of Judaism2 minutes 5 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Favorite Yiddish word
- Yiddish words
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish holidays
- Eastern Europe
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Yiddish Book Center
- Summer camp
- Food and culinary traditions
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
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