The Yiddish Book Center's

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.

Like a Language: Jewish Identity in America

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Yelena Shmulenson, NY-based Yiddish actress from the Former Soviet Union, describes how she experienced a shift in her Jewish identity after moving to the United States, and the long process of finding her way of being a Jew in America.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Yelena Shmulenson.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Yelena Shmulenson was born in Belarus.