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.

Noami Leaf Halpern's Oral History

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Noami Leaf Halpern, Jewish dancer and centenarian, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 27th, 2017, in Woodstock, New York.

This interview was conducted in Yiddish.

Noami Leaf Halpern was born in 1914 in Jerusalem, Palestine.

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Themes in this oral history:

  • Jerusalem, Palestine, New York City, Brooklyn, Bronx, New York, Paris, France, Maurice Schwartz, Mikhail Fokine, Naomi Aleh Leaf, Camp Kindervelt, Camp Kinderwelt, 1920s, 1930s, gefilte fish, choreography, tour,
  • Yiddish teaching
  • Dance
  • Music
  • song
  • singing
  • Zionism
  • Israel
  • shabbat
  • shabbes
  • sabbath
  • shabes
  • shabbos
  • Eastern Europe
  • Western Europe
  • America
  • United States
  • Summer camp
  • Food
  • culinary traditions
  • Yiddish personalities
  • Urban
  • Travel
  • Love
  • Relationships

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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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