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The Current Status of Klezmer and Yiddish Music

Pete Rushefsky, executive director of the Center for Traditional Music & Dance, outlines the statuses of various kinds of Jewish music in the world today.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Alana Fichman

Alana Fichman, 2014 Yiddish Book Center's Steiner Summer Yiddish Program student, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 24, 2014 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. She grew up in Santa Rosa, California. Her parents were physic...

2014-07-24

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

"I'm not part of the whole Klezmer business": The Generational Divide in Yiddish Music and the Preservation of Culture at the Yiddish Book Center

Jalda Rebling—Renewal Cantor, Yiddish performer, and daughter of performer Lin Jaldati—discusses how Yiddish culture and music is evolving with new generations.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Sophia Holtz

Sophia Holtz, Yiddish language student in the January term intensive at the Yiddish Book Center, was interviewed by Lesley Yalen on February 25, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Sophia grew up in New York City, on the Uppe...

2011-02-25

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Avia Moore

Avia Moore, freelance performing artist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 14, 2011 at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her parents were self-described hippies; her father was Jewish and not very religious. She reme...

2011-12-14

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Michael Wex

Michael Wex, novelist, translator, and scholar of Yiddish language and literature, was interviewed by Pauline Katz on December 29, 2010 at KlezKamp, in the Catskills of New York State. Michael Wex's interview takes us through a beautifully detailed...

2010-12-29

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Avi Hoffman

Avi Hoffman, actor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 12, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida. He grew up in the Bronx, part of a group of Yiddishist families who raised their children surrounded by Yiddish language and culture. His father survived...

2013-03-12

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Rose Bergman

Rose Bergman, retired teacher and daughter of Holocaust survivors, was interviewed by Mark Gerstein on August 10, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Rose, a former teacher, recounts growing up in Poland after the Holocaust, h...

2012-08-10

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Yehudi Wyner

Yehudi Wyner - American composer, music educator, pianist, conductor and son of Yiddish composer Lazar Weiner - was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on June 14, 2011 in Medford, Massachusetts. Yehudi reminisces about visiting the Brooklyn apartment of hi...

2011-06-14

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Yale (Yitskhok) Strom

Yale Strom - musical performer, artist, and ethnographic collector of Yiddish music - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 21, 2016 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in San Diego, California. Yale's father's side of the famil...

2016-12-21

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Daniel Weltlinger

Daniel Weltlinger, violinist, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on May 9, 2016 in Wroclaw, Poland. Daniel was born in Sydney, Australia in 1977 and was raised in a traditional Jewish family. Daniel's maternal grandfather was a violinist and a memb...

2016-05-09

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

Esther Gottesman, granddaughter of Yiddish poet Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman and daughter of folklorist and professor Itzik Gottesman, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 10th, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. The interview focuses on her grandmo...

2012-08-26

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Benzion Miller

Benzion Miller, world-renowned Hasidic cantor and collector and composer of nigunim [wordless melodies], was interviewed by Hankus Netsky in Borough Park, New York on June 6, 2012. Benzion came from a family of cantors, including his father, grandfa...

2012-06-13

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

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How Klezmer Defined a Community

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Seth Rogovoy Talks All Things Klezmer and Yidstock

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2021 YIDSTOCK: The Festival of New Yiddish Music Brings Some of Klezmer's Biggest Stars to the Virtual Stage

YIDSTOCK 2021 will be a 75-minute program featuring Yiddish songs of social justice [May 20, 2021]

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From Hip Hop to Klezmer

Socalled demonstrates his sampling process

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Andy Statman and the Klezmer Revival

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Flying Klezmer

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40 Years in Yiddishland: The Yiddish Book Center celebrates the Klezmer Conservatory Band

This special, ninety-minute video retrospective from the Yiddish Book Center celebrates the history of the KCB.

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