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.
Alana Fichman's Oral History
Alana Fichman, 2014 Yiddish Book Center's Steiner Summer Yiddish Program student, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 24, 2014 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Alana Fichman was born in Santa Rosa, California in 1991.
Video highlights from this oral history
A Steiner Student's Day3 minutes 1 second
Reflections on Language and (Jewish) Peoplehood2 minutes 59 seconds
"Before Our Eyes": Reconciling Past and Present with the Helix Project3 minutes 53 seconds
Why Study Yiddish? Far Vos Nisht! (Why Not?)3 minutes 45 seconds
Yiddish: A Logical Choice?1 minute 30 seconds
Embodied History: The Experience and Impact of the Helix Project3 minutes 15 seconds
"Making a Space for Progressive Judaism": Yiddish and Queer Yiddishkayt Workshops at UC Berkeley5 minutes 46 seconds
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