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.
Jaya Elena Torenberg's Oral History
Jaya (Elena) Torenberg - the former director of the Colegio Israelita de Mexico, the first Jewish school in Mexico City - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 29, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Jaya Elena Torenberg was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1930.
Video highlights from this oral history
Jaya Torenberg on the Role of Jewish Food in Her Life1 minute 22 seconds
The Foundation of the Ashkenazi Jewish Secular School System in Mexico4 minutes 7 seconds
Jaya Torenberg talks about her husband's family's stories.2 minutes 16 seconds
Class Structure among Early Ashkenazi Jewish Immigrants in Mexico City's Centro54 seconds
Ashkenazi Jewish Immigrant Life in Mexico City in the 1920s and '30s1 minute 18 seconds
Professor Abraham Golomb, an Influential Educator in Mexico City1 minute 55 seconds
My Husband's Communist Jewish Family1 minute 52 seconds
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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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