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 Summer 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 $100 for Workmen’s Circle members and $120 for non-members. Learn more about becoming a member.



yankl peretzBeginners I with Yankl-Peretz Blum
Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: July 5, 12, 19, 26
Course Goals: Learn common Yiddish words and gaining familiarity with the Yiddish writing system.
Course Tools: The interactive learning website YiddishPOP.
Additional Info: Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is not required.

Avraham-1 to 1 100x100Advanced with Avrom Lichtenbaum: The Life of Moyshe Kulbak
Mondays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: July 16, 23, 30 Aug. 6
Course Goals: Discuss aspects of apparent sentimentality and the politically oriented critiques of the work of Moyshe Kulbak, one of the most important Yiddish authors.
Course Tools: Poems from between the two world wars and prose written in the Soviet Union.
Additional Info: Course is conducted almost entirely in Yiddish.


Michael-Wex-1 to 1 100x100Advanced Yiddish with Michael Wex: Blessings, Curses, Consolations and Congratulations
Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: July 12, 19, 26 Aug. 2
Course Goals: Explore emotional extremes in Yiddish, learn which formulas are best suited to different occasions, and consider what they can teach us about the Yiddish view of the world.
Course Tools: Examples of happiness, grief, anger and commendation in Yiddish text.
Additional Info: Course is conducted almost entirely in Yiddish.