Online Yiddish Class Descriptions

Our online Yiddish program incorporates the latest technologies in distance learning — classes are conducted with the web conferencing service Adobe Connect, which is equipped with face-to-face chat, whiteboard, and audio and video capabilities. Every session is recorded, giving students the flexibility to review the material at their own pace. Find our full Spring 2018 online schedule here!  

Setting up Adobe Connect on your home computer is easy — but you will need to do it a few days before class begins, with our help! Register as soon as possible and one of our dedicated technical assistants will work one-on-one with you to make sure you’re good to go with Adobe Connect before your first day of class.

Our online students hail from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, and over a dozen U.S. states. Register today and join our international community of Yiddish speakers.

All online classes are $250 for Workmen’s Circle members and $295 for non-members. Learn more about becoming a member.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL CLASS TIMES ARE GIVEN IN EASTERN STANDARD TIME(EST)

NO REFUND AFTER THE 2nd CLASS SESSION !!!

yankl peretzBeginners I with Yankl-Peretz Blum
Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: March 8, 15, 22 Apr. 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17, 24
Course Goals: Elementary comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar
Course Tools: YiddishPOP.com (Lessons 1.1 through 3.2) 
Additional Info: Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is not required.

Miri015Beginners I with Miriam Koral
Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:00 pm: April 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June 6, 13
Course Goals: Learning the Yiddish alphabet, basic reading, writing, conversational skills, and introduction to Yiddish grammar.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker (Units 1-3), songs and specialized handouts. 
Additional Info: Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is not required.

Paula-1 to 1 100x100Beginners I with Paula Teitelbaum
Thursday 1:00 – 2:30 pm: March 15, 22, 29 April 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17, 24
Course Goals: Basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker (starting with Unit 5), supplementary basic reading texts & songs
Additional Info:  Students are expected to be familiar with the Alef-Beys although they are not expected to be able to read fluently yet. This IS a continuation of the Fall 2017 semester class.

natalia_krynicka2Beginners II with Natalia Krynicka
Mondays 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: March 5, 12, 19, 26 Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30 May 7, 14 
Course Goals: Basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: The course’s primary textbook College Yiddish by Uriel Weinreich, starting from Lesson 10
Additional Info: This IS a continuation of the Fall 2017 semester class. 

Beginners III with Natalia Krynicka
Thursdays 2:30 – 4:00 pm: March 8, 15, 22 Apr. 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17, 24
Course Goals: Continue learning Yiddish with a stronger focus on developing comprehension, speaking, reading, and grammar skills in context.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker (starting from Unit 10)
Additional Info: This IS a continuation of the Fall 2017 semester class.

isaac-beaman 1 to 1 100x100Beginners III with Isaac Bleaman
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Feb 20 March 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr. 10, 17, 24 May 1, 8
Course Goals: Continue learning Yiddish for students who have a working knowledge of Yiddish or who have completed an elementary course.
Course Tools: College Yiddish by Uriel Weinreich, starting from Lesson 16
Additional Info: This IS a continuation of the Fall 2017 semester class.

Sheva-Zucker-1 to 1 100x100Intermediate II with Sheva Zucker
Sundays 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 Apr. 8, 15, 22, 29 May 6
Course Goals: Intermediate level study of Yiddish reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Literary texts and songs, Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. II by Sheva Zucker (starting from Unit 14B), Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem
Additional Info: The course is designed for those with approximately 2 years of Yiddish language study. This IS a continuation of the Fall 2017 semester class.

Intermediate III with Sheva Zucker
Thursdays 8:00 – 9:30 pm: February 22,  March 8, 15, 22, 29 April 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10
Course Goals: Continuation of Intermediate level study of Yiddish language, focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Literary texts and songs, Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. II by Sheva Zucker (starting from Unit 17A), Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem
Additional Info: The course is designed for those with approximately 2.5 years of Yiddish language study. This IS a continuation of the Fall 2017 semester class.

Intermediate IV with Sheva Zucker
Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28 April 11, 18, 25 May 2
Course Goals: Continuation of Intermediate level study of Yiddish language, with a focus on reinforcing grammar and introduction of new grammar.
Course Tools: Literary texts and songs, Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. II by Sheva Zucker (starting from Unit 20A), Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem.
Additional Info: The course is designed for those with approximately 3 years of Yiddish language study. This IS a continuation of the Fall 2017 semester class.

Kolya 1 to 1 100x100Intermediate-Advanced with Kolya Borodulin: With Great Pleasure – Meet Yiddish literature
Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00 pm: March 28 Apr. 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6
Course Goals: Reading and analyzing short literary texts (short stories and poetry), as well as learning about life and creativity through texts and multimedia by and about Yiddish authors.
Course Tools: With Great Pleasure: A Century of Yiddish Writing, additional texts and multimedia by and about prominent Yiddish authors I.L Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, Avrom Reisen, Bella Chagall, Esther Kreitman, Bashevis Singer, Puah Rakovski, Der Tunkeler, Avrom Sutzkever, and Avrom Karpinowitz.
Additional Info: This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish.

yitskhokniborski 1 to 1 100x100Advanced with Yitskhok Niborski: The Works of Zalman Shneur
Mondays 1:30 – 3:00 pm: March 19, 26 Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30 May 7, 14, 28 June 4
Course Goals: Students will prepare and deliver short presentations on the works of Zalman Shnuer, an eminent Yiddish writer and poet of the inter-World War era.
Course Tools: Chapters from two novels: A Toyt and Der Mamzer, stories from the collections Shklover Yidn and Shklover Kinder, and a selection of poems.
Additional Info: This course is taught entirely in Yiddish. Read about it in Yiddish here!

Avraham-1 to 1 100x100Advanced with Avrom Lichtenbaum: Joseph Opatoshu – Epochs from the Jewish Life
Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: March 19, 26 Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30 May 7, 14, 28 June 4
Course Goals: To analyze the work of Joseph Opatoshu, with emphasis on his skills as a storyteller, a linguist and an historian.
Course Tools: Joseph Opatoshu’s work, including “From the New York Ghetto”, “A Lynching”, and “Aliyah Bukher”.
Additional Info: Students will be provided with a glossary of Hebrew-based words and idioms. They will be given a selection of themes for presentations, with a focus on the historical epochs that Opatoshu portrayed.

Advanced with Avrom Lichtenbaum: Yiddish Writers from Alef-Yud series (khof to kuf)
Tuesday 1:00 – 2:30 pm: March 20, 27 Apr. 10, 17, 24 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Course Goals: To acquaint students with 10 of the Jewish authors who began to write serious prose, poetry and essays in Yiddish over the last 150 years.
Course Tools: Izzy Charik: With Life and Living, Helen Londinsky: A storm in my Hasidic home, Noah Luria: A Child in the Steppes, Nahman Maisel: About Bergelson, Beynish Mikhalevitsh: The Party Conference and the Failure, Leyb Malach: The Guest in the Shtetl, Z. Segalovitsh: The Daughters, Yehudah Elberg: When One Has No Luck, Moshe Pinshevski: A Selection from his Argentinian Poetry, Mordecai Kosover: Yiddish expressions and their roots
Additional Info: This course is taught entirely in Yiddish.

Advanced Grammar with Yitskhok Niborski: Syntax in Yiddish
Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: March 21, 28 Apr. 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Course Goals: To elaborate on key points of word order in the Yiddish sentence, including the positioning of adjectives; participles as adjectives; appropriate placement of personal and reflexive pronouns; adverbs in general, the negative adverb in particular; the invariable elements in inflected verb forms; the differences in meaning that result from different word orders; and idiomatic constructions like inflected verb + infinitive, inflected verb + participle, and so on.
Course Tools: Examples drawn from literature and from daily speech.
Additional Info: This course is a continuation of the Fall 2017 course on word order in the Yiddish sentence. Read about it in Yiddish here!

Gennady-1 to 1 100x150Advanced Yiddish with Gennady Estraikh: The Soviet Yiddish Literary World, 1917-1991
Sundays 10:00 – 11:30 am: March  4, 11, 18, 25 Apr. 8, 15, 22, 29 May 6, 13
Course Goals: To look at history of Yiddish literary life after the 1917 revolution in Russia, particularly the 1920s-1940s, and how Soviet Yiddish literature never remained fully isolated from Yiddish literature in other countries 
Course Tools: Soviet Yiddish literature
Additional Info: The course is taught entirely in Yiddish. See the list of readings for class here!

Michael-Wex-1 to 1 100x100NEW!! Advanced Yiddish with Michael Wex: Es Nisht Di Khale Far Hamoytse / Yiddish Idioms
Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: March 15, 22, 29 April 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17, 24
Course Goals: Yiddish is unusually rich in terminology and idiomatic expressions that give considerable and often colorful insight into the language itself and the culture shared by its speakers. We will look at the main sources of Yiddish idioms, along with idioms relating to every phase of Jewish life.
Course Tools: Yiddish idioms
Additional Info: The course is taught entirely in Yiddish. Read about it in Yiddish here!