Learn practical Yiddish and celebrate the Eastern European Jewish culture that gave rise to it.
Gain an introduction to the language by learning to read, write, and speak elementary Yiddish.
Enjoy diverse methods to learn such as singing, counting, creating, recording, copying, and conversing in large and small groups.
Explore conversational vocabulary, holiday-related songs and poems and words.
Discover the sources of the Yiddish language and its geographic and historical differences.
Become familiar with Eastern European Jewish life and Yiddish artists, writers, musicians, and everyday folks.
Use Yiddish primers and workbooks as an entryway to the language and also begin developing skills in writing and in decoding the language.
We will also explore cursive Yiddish (finally, you can read the back of those old photos!).
• Acquire alef-beys / Yiddish (Hebrew) alphabet
• Develop conversational skills in exchanging information – introducing yourself, family, emotions, numbers, colors, health, and work
• Exposure to beloved Yiddish songs and poems from yesteryear to present
• Familiarity with Jewish holidays, Yiddish culture, and foodways from Eastern Europe and, later, in America
Who Should Take This Class?
This class is for students who want to learn artful and practical ways to express themselves in Yiddish.