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 Fall 2017 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 !!!

Paula-1 to 1 100x100Beginners I with Paula Teitelbaum
Thursday 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Oct 19, 26 Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 Dec. 7, 14, 21 Jan 4
Course Goals: Basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Conversation, elementary literary texts and songs.
Additional Info: This class is designed for both students who know the Hebrew alphabet and those who do not. 

Ber KotlermanBeginners II with Ber Kotlerman
Mondays 12:30 – 2:00 pm: Oct. 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18
Course Goals:
Basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: The course’s primary textbook is College Yiddish by Uriel Weinreich, starting from Lesson 7
Additional Info: This course is a continuation of Yiddish for Beginners I

yankl peretzBeginners III with Yankl-Perets Blum
Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Oct. 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19
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 Language Literature & Culture, Vol. 1 by Sheva Zucker (Units 8B-9B)
Additional Info: This course is a continuation of Beginners II.

isaac-beaman 1 to 1 100x100Beginners III with Isaac Bleaman 
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Oct. 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19
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 11
Additional Info: This course is a continuation of Beginners II

Eve-1 to 1 100x100CANCELLED! Intermediate I with Eve Jochnowitz
Tuesdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Oct. 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19

Course Goals: Continuation of Intermediate study of Yiddish reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to Language Literature & Culture, Vol. 2 by Sheva Zucker (Unit 12), supplementary readings & songs provided by the instructor
Additional Info: The course is designed for those with approximately 1-1.5 years of Yiddish language study.

Sheva-Zucker-1 to 1 100x100Intermediate II with Sheva Zucker
Sundays 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov 12, 19 Dec 3, 10, 17
Course Goals: Intermediate level study of Yiddish reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Literary text and songs, Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. II by Sheva Zucker (starting from Unit 12A), Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem
Additional Info: The course is designed for those with approximately 1.5 – 2years of Yiddish language study. It is a continuation of the Spring 2017 Intermediate Yiddish I course

Intermediate III with Sheva Zucker 
Thursdays 8:00 – 9:30 pm: Oct 19, 26 Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28
Course Goals: Continuation of Intermediate level study of Yiddish language, focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Literary text and songs, Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. II by Sheva Zucker (starting from Unit 15A), Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem
Additional Info: The course is designed for those with approximately 2 years of Yiddish language study. It is a continuation of the Spring 2017 Intermediate II course

Intermediate IV with Sheva Zucker
Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Oct. 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27
Course Goals: Continuation of Intermediate level study of Yiddish language, focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Literary text and songs, Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. II by Sheva Zucker (starting from Unit 19A), Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem
Additional Info: The course is designed for those with approximately 2.5-3 years of Yiddish language study. It is a continuation of the Spring 2017 Intermediate III course.

Kolya 1 to 1 100x100Yiddish Around the World: Past, Present, Future with Kolya Borodulin
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Oct. 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27 Jan. 3
Course Goals: Introduce students to key Yiddish cultural figures from past to present.
Course Tools: Texts and multimedia by and about outstanding Yiddishists
Additional Info: This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish. (It is not a repetition of the Winter-Spring 2017 class.)

yitskhokniborski 1 to 1 100x100Advanced with Yitskhok Niborski: On the Treasure of Yiddish Anecdotes
Mondays 1:30 – 3:00 pm: Oct. 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18 Jan. 8
Course Goals: The course primarily deals with theYiddish humor and wit of Yiddish anecdotes, but it is broader than that because Yiddish anecdotes also encompass serious Yiddish heroes both from the traditional and modern worlds.
Course Tools: Authors covered in the course include E. Olshvanger, B. Bialastotski, M. Lipson and D. Sadan, along with a small number of Y. Niborski translations of Hebrew works.
Additional Info: Two or three readings will be assigned per session, to give students the opportunity to prepare presentations for the class. Students will be asked to write comments on at least two additional readings. This class is taught entirely in Yiddish. Read a full course description in Yiddish here

Avraham-1 to 1 100x100Advanced with Avrom Lichtenbaum: Two Selections from Chaim Grade
Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Oct. 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18 Jan. 8
Course Goals: To analyze Chaim Grade’s writing style, to learn about the typical daily Jewish life and interactions, and to learn of the politics of the conflicts and quarrels between individuals and the organized Jewish world of the yeshiva.
Course Tools: Chaim Grade’s works My Mother’s Sabbath Days and Tsemakh Atlas
Additional Info: Grade is considered a master of both Yiddish poetry and prose. This class is taught entirely in Yiddish. Read a full course description in Yiddish here

Advanced with Avrom Lichtenbaum: Sholem Asch: Both from the Shtetl and the World
Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Oct. 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26
Course Goals: This class seeks to answer the question: Can Sholem Asch be considered the fourth classic Yiddish writer?
Course Tools: Works of Sholem Asch, including his first work, Shtetl
Additional Info: This class is taught entirely in Yiddish. Read a full course description in Yiddish here

Advanced Grammar with Yitskhok Niborski: On the Order of the Yiddish Sentence
Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Oct. 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27 Jan. 3
Course Goals: To closely study various Yiddish writers to see how they use conjunctions in different ways, allowing students to tease out more meaning and perhaps to answer still open literary questions.
Course Tools: thoughtful reading of assigned texts, carefully studying how sentence order and use of conjunctions varies and how it affects mood and meaning.
Additional Info: The advanced student is already well acquainted with the rule for Yiddish sentence word order: the second word in any clause must be the verb. This rule, however, has many exceptions and is nuanced. The exceptions can be logical, joining known expressions in two sentences, or they can be psychological, where the change in order enhances the mood of the sentence, perhaps changing its emphasis. This class is taught entirely in Yiddish. Read a full course description in Yiddish here.

Gennady-1 to 1 100x150Advanced with Gennady Estraikh: The Russian Revolution and the American Jewry
Sundays 9:30 – 11:00 am: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17
Course Goals: The collapse of the Russian autocracy triggered a euphoric reaction in Jewish immigrant circles. The class will analyze the relationship between the American Jewry and the revolutionary “Old Home.”
Course Tools: The Forverts and its leading figures, such as the editor Abraham Cahan; the writers Sholem Asch and David Bergelson; and the journalists Max Goldfarb, Ben-Zion Hoffman, and Mendel Osherowitch. Special attention will paid to the colonization projects in Crimea and Birobidzhan, and to the wartime delegation of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee.  
Additional Info: This class is taught entirely in Yiddish. Read a full course description in Yiddish here