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.
Jessica Kirzane's Oral History
Jessica Kirzane, specialist in American-Jewish literature, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on December 18, 2016 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in San Diego, California.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
An Opportunity to Be an Expert: Why Study Yiddish2 minutes 39 seconds
Coming to Jewish Literature through African-American Studies4 minutes 44 seconds
A Father's Curiosity1 minute
Investigations into Jewish Intermarriage in the Early 20th Century3 minutes 7 seconds
Learning Yiddish at the Yiddish Book Center2 minutes 34 seconds
Two Types of Yiddishists: Speakers and Scholars2 minutes 15 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish learning
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Yiddish speaker
- Immigration and migration
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish professions
- Jewish education
- Family traditions
- Jewish holidays
- Eastern Europe
- United States
- Yiddish Book Center
- Youth group
- Summer camp
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
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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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