In-Person Yiddish Class Descriptions

This fall we’re offering 14 classes for all levels.  To learn more, contact Kolya Borodulin, our Director of Yiddish Programming: NBorodulin@circle.org, 212.889.6800 ext 806. To register today, click here.

Find our full Spring 2018 in-person course calendar here!

All classes take place at our Midtown Manhattan office, conveniently located near Port Authority, Penn Station, Times Square, and Herald Square:
247 West 37st Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
5th Floor
New York, NY 10018

In-person classes are $200 for Workmen’s Circle members and $275 for non-members, except for Advanced with Eve Jochnowitz with is $250/$315. Learn more about becoming a member.

NO REFUND AFTER THE 2nd CLASS SESSION !!!

yankl peretzBeginners I with Yankl-Peretz Blum
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: March 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr. 10, 17, 24 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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.

Paula-1 to 1 100x100Beginners I with Paula Teitelbaum
Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:30 pm: March 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr. 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Course Goals: Basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker (Units 1 – 5), supplementary basic reading texts & songs
Additional Info: Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is not required.

Beginners I with Yankl-Peretz Blum 
Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:30 pm: March 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr. 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Course Goals: Basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar
Course Tools: YiddishPOP.com (Lessons 3.3 through 5.4)
Additional Info: This IS a continuation of the Fall 2017 semester class.

Beginners I with Paula Teitelbaum
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: March 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr. 10, 17, 24 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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. 

Eve-1 to 1 100x100Beginners II with Eve Jochnowitz
Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: March 8, 15, 22, 29 April 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Course Goals: Continue developing basic comprehension, speaking, reading and grammar skills in context for students who have a working knowledge of Yiddish or who have completed an elementary course.
Course Tools:  Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker (starting with Unit 9), supplementary basic reading texts & songs
Additional Info: Continuation of Beginners Yiddish I. Knowledge of the Alef-Beys is required. This IS a continuation of the Fall 2017 semester class. 

Beginners II with Yankl-Peretz Blum
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: March 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr. 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Course Goals: Continue developing basic comprehension, speaking, reading and grammar skills in context for students who have a working knowledge of Yiddish or who have completed an elementary course.
Course Tools: YiddishPOP.com (Units 4.2 through 5.5); supplementary basic reading texts & songs
Additional Info: Continuation of Beginners Yiddish I. Knowledge of the Alef-Beys is required. This IS a continuation of the Fall 2017 semester class. 

Beginners III with Paula Teitelbaum
Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00 pm: March 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr. 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
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. 

Intermediate I with Paula Teitelbaum
Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:30 pm: March 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr. 10, 17, 24 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Course Goals: Continuation of Intermediate study of Yiddish reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools:  Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I & II, starting with Unit 11A and continuing to Unit 12. Sholem-Aleichem’s Motl Peyse Dem Khazn’s, abridged and glossed for students.
Additional Info: Taught almost entirely in Yiddish. This IS a continuation of the Fall 2017 semester class. 

Sheva-Zucker-1 to 1 100x100Intermediate I with Sheva Zucker
Thursdays 6:15 – 7:45 pm: February 22 March 8, 15, 22, 29 April 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17, 24
Course Goals: Intermediate level study of Yiddish reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I & II, starting with Unit 10A.  Sholem-Aleichem’s Motl Peyse Dem Khazn’s, abridged and glossed for students.
Additional Info: The course is designed for those with approximately 1-1.5 years of Yiddish language study. This IS a continuation of the Fall 2017 semester class. 

Advanced with Sheva Zucker
Mondays 3:00 – 4:30 pm: February 26, March 12, 19, 26 Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30 May 7, 14, 21 June 4
Course Goals: Focus on interpreting and understanding the traditional life of East European Jewry as well as vocabulary and grammar for improving conversation skills.
Course Tools: Selections from I.B. Singer’s Mayn tatns besdn-shtub (In My Father’s Court).
Additional Info: This course will be taught entirely in Yiddish.

Advanced with Eve Jochnowitz
Tuesdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm: March 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr. 10, 17, 24 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Course Goals: Students will explore reading material from Yiddish literature and press while continuing to build skills in speaking, writing and listening comprehension. 
Course Tools:  Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. II by Sheva Zucker (starting from Unit 19), supplementary  readings & songs provided by the instructor.
Additional Info: Course is conducted almost entirely in Yiddish. 

Kolya 1 to 1 100x100Advanced with Kolya Borodulin
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: March 13, 20, 27 Apr. 10, 17 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June 5, 12
Course Goals: Reading and analyzing I.J. Singer’s last work Fun a velt vos iz nishto mer / Of a world that is no more (1946)
Course Tools: I.J. Singer’s biographical short stories, additional historical material (in electronic format)
Additional Info: This course is taught almost entirely in Yiddish