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.

Ben-Zion Gold's Oral History

Rabbi Ben-Zion Gold, z"l, long-time Rabbi of the Harvard University Hillel, was interviewed by Jane Myers and Christa Whitney with Jayne Guberman on April 8, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This interview was conducted in English and Yiddish.

Ben-Zion Gold was born in 1923 in Radom, Poland. Ben-Zion, z"l, died in 2016.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

More information about this oral history

This narrator's full interview is not available.

Themes in this oral history:

  • Radom, Poland, Aramaic, zmires, zmirot, nign, nigunim, rabbi, Harvard University, Harvard Hillel, Ben-Zion Gold,
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Hebrew
  • Other languages
  • shabbat
  • shabbes
  • sabbath
  • shabes
  • shabbos
  • Family traditions
  • Religion and ritual
  • song
  • singing
  • Music
  • Eastern Europe

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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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