Beginner's Yiddish

An introduction to reading, writing, and speaking the Yiddish language.

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Yiddish was the predominant language of European Jewry for centuries. It reached its golden age of literature, theatre, music and film directly prior to the Holocaust. Afterwards, assimilation into American and Israeli societies slowly reduced the total number of speakers, though it is today seeing a revival among young Jews looking for more options to be authentically Jewish.

In this class, we will learn the basics of reading, writing, and speaking Yiddish, as well as finding resources for future learning. Number of sessions, future courses, etc will be determined by demand. Everyone, regardless of ethnicity or religion, is welcome, and though the class is geared towards beginners, speakers of all levels are encouraged to attend.

Course sessions

    Wednesday May 3

    7:00PM - 9:00PM (North Ave classroom)
    • Brief history of the Yiddish language and Ashkenazi Jewry.
    • Introduction to YIddish alphabet.
    • Yiddish greetings and basic pronouns, nouns and verbs.
    • Introduction to resources such as YiddishPop, Anki, and free online dictionaries and textbooks.
    • Discussion of future meetings, what students would like to learn and when works best for the class.

    Saturday May 13

    12:00PM - 1:30PM (North Ave classroom)

    A make-up session for those who were not able to come to the first class.

    Saturday May 13

    1:00PM - 3:30PM (North Ave classroom)

    Monday May 22

    7:00PM - 8:30PM (North Ave classroom)

    Lesson 3

    Monday May 29

    7:00PM - 8:30PM (North Ave classroom)

    Lesson 4

    Monday June 5

    7:00PM - 8:30PM (North Ave classroom)

    Lesson 5

    Monday June 12

    7:00PM - 8:30PM (North Ave classroom)

    Lesson 6

    Monday June 19

    7:00PM - 8:30PM (North Ave classroom)

    Lesson 7