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0:00 - Introduction 0:40 - Miriam Discusses Her Family Background

Keywords: America; ancestry; Baltimore, Maryland; Eastern European Jewry; family background; family history; Fort Riley, Kansas; genealogy; grandparents; Great Neck, Long Island; heritage; immigration; Kaunas, Lithuania; Kovna, Lithuania; Kovne; Kovno; New York City; parents; roots; the Bronx; the Philippines; Theodore Roosevelt; U.S.; United States; US; western Massachusetts

4:55 - Miriam Describes Her Childhood Home and Jewish Upbringing

Keywords: adolescence; American Jewry; childhood home; divorce; English language; growing up; Hebrew school; Jewish education; Jewish identity; Jewish upbringing; kashres; kashrus; kashrut; kashruth; kosher; mother; parents; Shabbat dinners; Shabbos; shabes; Sunday school; teenage years; Yiddish language; Yiddish terms

7:47 - Miriam Recalls Living in Miami and Learning Spanish

Keywords: 1980s; adolescence; AP Spanish; chauvinism; childhood; Cuban immigrants; Cuban population; elementary school; foreign language education; junior high; Latin American history; Mariel boatlift; Miami, Florida; middle school; mother; racial dynamics; racism; Spanish language; Spanish literature; teenage years

12:10 - Bat Mitzvah Lessons in a Cuban Hebrew Synagogue

Keywords: bas mitzvah; bas-mitsve; bat mitzvah; bath mitzvah; Calle 8; Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street); Cuban population; guarapo (Spanish: sugarcane juice); Jewish identity; La Moderna Poesía; Little Havana; Miami, Florida; mother; multicultural community; Spanish-language bookstore; Spanish-speaking population

14:29 - Miriam Remembers a Turning Point in Her Jewish Education

Keywords: adolescence; agnosticism; art teacher; artist; childhood; Conservative synagogue; Hebrew Academy on Miami Beach; Hebrew school; Jewish day schools; Jewish education; Jewish identity; Jewish texts; khumesh (Pentateuch); languages; Miami, Florida; mother; Orthodox Judaism; Rashi; Reform Judaism; Reform synagogue; Sunday school; teenage years; translation

20:28 - Miriam's Academic Mentors and Experience as a Woman in Academia

Keywords: academia; academic influences; academic mentors; academics; Bernard Septimus; Beryl Septimus; college education; Congregation Ramath Orah; female scholars; gender dynamics; Hasidic rebbe; Isadore Twersky; Jewish studies; Jewish texts; Jewish women; Judaism; professors; rabbinic texts; Ruth Wisse; scholars; synagogues; teachers; undergraduate education; university education

30:09 - Miriam Recounts How and Why She Started Learning Yiddish

Keywords: "College Yiddish" textbook; academics; Boston, Massachusetts; Brukhe Caplan; Dovid Brown; George Eliot; Hebrew language; Hebrew literature; Hilary Rodham Clinton; Israel; Jewish literature; Jewish studies; journalism; journalists; Kalman Weiser; languages; linguistics; literary studies; Ruth Wisse; secularization; Sheva Zucker; Uriel Weinreich; Yiddish academia; Yiddish language; Yiddish literature; Yiddish phrases; Yiddish summer programs; Yiddish teachers; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

38:13 - Miriam Explains a Favorite Yiddish Phrase

Keywords: 21st century; academics; Judaism; scholarship; twentieth century; Yiddish academia; Yiddish expressions; Yiddish language; Yiddish phrases; Yiddish sayings; Yiddishism; Yiddishists

41:28 - Attending the YIVO Summer Program in 2001 and 2007

Keywords: 2000s; children; contemporary Yiddish; Emory University; Eugene Orenstein; farming; Jewish agricultural movements; mother; Naftali Ejdelman; pregnancy; professors; Yiddish culture; Yiddish Farm; Yiddish scene; Yiddish speakers; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

45:08 - An Illuminating Conversation with a Native Yiddish Speaker

Keywords: Boro Park; Borough Park, New York; Hebrew language; Hebrew speakers; Homowack Lodge; klal-shprakh (standard Yiddish); language dynamics; linguistic dynamics; standardized Yiddish; Yiddish academia; Yiddish culture; Yiddish language; Yiddish speakers; YIVO Yiddish

48:29 - Miriam's Academic Interests in Modern Jewish Literature

Keywords: academics; bildungsroman; dissertation; English literature; Esther Kreitman; fiction; genre; Jewish studies; literary studies; Middlemarch; modern Jewish culture; modernism; modernity; novels; Philip Fisher; researchers; Ruth Wisse; scholars; secularization; Yiddish academia; Yiddish authors; Yiddish language; Yiddish literature; Yiddish studies; Yiddish writers; Yiddishism; Yiddishists

56:06 - The Connections Between Classical and Modern Jewish Literary Sources

Keywords: classical Jewish texts; Itsik Manger; Jewish studies; Judaism; Manger's "Khumesh lider (Bible poems)"; modern Jewish literature; teaching Jewish studies; Yiddish language; Yiddish literature

58:22 - Teaching Yiddish Language at the University Level

Keywords: college education; literary translation; Moyshe Kulbak; National Yiddish Book Center; pedagogical approaches; professors; teaching Yiddish; translation fellowship; undergraduate education; university education; Yiddish children's literature; Yiddish language; Yiddish speakers; Yiddish students; Yiddish teacher; Yidish-Vokh (Yiddish Week)

65:10 - Singing Yiddish Songs to Local Jewish Communities

Keywords: Holocaust survivors; Naturally Occurring Retirement Community; Sheva Zucker; singing; teaching Yiddish; Yiddish culture; Yiddish language; Yiddish songs

70:00 - The Place of Yiddish within Academia and the Broader Jewish Culture

Keywords: "From Continuity to Contiguity" book; academic goals; academics; cultural transmission; Dan Miron; Jewish community; Jewish continuity; Jewish day schools; Jewish high schools; Jewish literature; Jewish organizations; Jewish studies; Jewish textual heritage; language programs; literary modernism; modern literature; professors; researchers; scholars; stewardship; teachers; Yiddish academia; Yiddish culture; Yiddish literature; Yiddish scholarship; Yiddish students; Yiddish studies

81:22 - Miriam's Thoughts on a Yiddish Revival and the Future of Yiddish

Keywords: children; children's literature; Cynthia Ozick's "Envy, or Yiddish in America"; future of Yiddish; Hebrew language; Jewish culture; learning Yiddish; sons; studying Yiddish; Yiddish academia; Yiddish cultural production; Yiddish culture; Yiddish future; Yiddish literature; Yiddish professors; Yiddish revival; Yiddish scholars; Yiddish speakers; Yiddish students; Yiddish teachers; Yiddishists

89:24 - Miriam's Hopeful Encounter with Ruth Wisse and Her Advice to Students

Keywords: academics; advice; Drisha Institute; future generations; Jewish studies; kickboxing; learning Yiddish; Ruth Wisse; studying Yiddish; Yiddish academia; Yiddish expressions; Yiddish phrases; Yiddish sayings; Yiddish scholars; Yiddish students; Yiddish studies; Yiddish teachers