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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 1914 in Jerusalem, Palestine.
Video highlights from this oral history
Losing the Gefilte Fish1 minute 15 seconds
Dancing in Maurice Schwartz's Last Play1 minute 29 seconds
Stories from the Road: A Jewish Dancer's 1930s European Tour3 minutes 47 seconds
The Beauty of a Jewish Life1 minute 18 seconds
Choreographing and Performing Dances about the Women of the Tanakh1 minute 30 seconds
Find What Makes You Feel Good to Be Alive: Advice from a Centenarian1 minute 10 seconds
Dancing in the Zeigfield Follies1 minute 44 seconds
"They Knew A War Was Coming": Zionism At Home and Leaving Palestine Before World War Two1 minute 29 seconds
It was Heaven: Camp Kinderwelt1 minute 40 seconds
More information about this oral history
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
- Eastern Europe
- Western Europe
- United States
- Summer camp
- culinary traditions
- Yiddish personalities
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