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Noami Leaf Halpern's Oral History
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 Jerusalem, Palestine in 1914.
Video highlights from this oral history
Dancing in Maurice Schwartz's Last Play1 minute 29 seconds
The Beauty of a Jewish Life1 minute 18 seconds
Dancing in the Ziegfeld Follies1 minute 44 seconds
It was Heaven: Camp Kinderwelt1 minute 40 seconds
Stories from the Road: A Jewish Dancer's 1930s European Tour3 minutes 47 seconds
Find What Makes You Feel Good to Be Alive: Advice from a Centenarian1 minute 10 seconds
Choreographing and Performing Dances about the Women of the Tanakh1 minute 30 seconds
"They Knew A War Was Coming": Zionism At Home and Leaving Palestine Before World War Two1 minute 29 seconds
Losing the Gefilte Fish1 minute 15 seconds
Artifacts related to this oral history
Noami Performing with an Instrument
Noami Performing Dance in a Gown and Shawl
Noami Performing with a Basket Balanced on her Head
Noami Performance with Dagger
Drawing of Noami Performing with Basket Balanced on Her Head
Painting of Noami Peforming with Instrument
Color Drawing of Noami Performing with Basket of Fruit Balanced on Her Head
Decorated Tile of Noami Performing with Instrument
Photograph of Group Dance Performance, Four Seated Performers and One Standing
Photograph of Group Dance Performance, Five Performers in Unison
Painting of Noami Performing with Basket of Flowers
Performance Poster Naomi Aleh Leaf in Dances of the Bible & the Near East
Performance Poster 2 Naomi Aleh Leaf in Dances of the Bible & the Near East
Noami and Daughter Photo
R. Leaf Studio Gold Sign
Photo of Noami Performance with Basket Balanced on Her Head
Noami Performance Photo with Pottery
Gold Metal Vessel with Spout
Brass Mask Wall Ornament
Painting of Man Close Up
Painting of Man
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