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 Fall 2017 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, and Yiddish Literature in Translation with Sheva Zucker, each part of which is $100/$140. Learn more about becoming a member.

NO REFUND AFTER THE 2nd CLASS SESSION !!!

yankl peretzBeginners I with Yankl-Peretz Blum
Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:30 pm: Oct. 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27 Jan. 3, 10
Course Goals: Basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to 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.

Paula-1 to 1 100x100Beginners I with Paula Teitelbaum
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Oct. 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19 Jan. 2, 9
Course Goals: Basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to 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.

Eve-1 to 1 100x100Beginners II with Eve Jochnowitz
Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Oct 19, 26 Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, Jan 4, 11
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 Language Literature & Culture, Vol. 1 by Sheva Zucker (Units 6-8A), supplementary basic reading texts & songs
Additional Info: Continuation of Beginners Yiddish I. Knowledge of the Alef-Beys is required.

Beginners II with Yankl-Peretz Blum
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Oct. 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27 Jan. 3, 10*
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 Language Literature & Culture, Vol. 1 by Sheva Zucker (Units 6-8A), supplementary basic reading texts & songs
Additional Info: Continuation of Beginners Yiddish I. Knowledge of the Alef-Beys is required.

Beginners III with Paula Teitelbaum
Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Oct. 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 20 Jan. 3, 10, 17
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.

Beginners IV with Paula Teitelbaum
Tuesday 3:00 – 4:30 pm: Oct. 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19 Jan. 2, 9
Course Goals: Continue learning Yiddish with a stronger focus on conversation and grammar.
Course Tools:  Yiddish: An Introduction to Language Literature & Culture, Vol. 1 by Sheva Zucker (Units 9B-11A)
Additional Info: Continuation of Beginners Yiddish III.

Intermediate I with Paula Teitelbaum
Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:30 pm: Oct. 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 20 Jan. 3, 10, 17
Course Goals: Continuation of Intermediate study of Yiddish reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools:  Yiddish: An Introduction to Language Literature & Culture, Vol. 1 by Sheva Zucker (Units 11A-11B), Vol. 2 (Units 12A-12B)
Additional Info: Taught almost entirely in Yiddish.

Sheva-Zucker-1 to 1 100x100Intermediate I with Sheva Zucker
Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Oct 19, 26 Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, Jan 4, 11
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. I by Sheva Zucker (starting from Unit 8A)
Additional Info:
The course is designed for those with approximately 1-1.5 years of Yiddish language study.

CANCELLED! Intermediate II with Eve Jochnowitz
Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Oct. 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27 Jan. 3, 10
Course Goals: Continuation of Intermediate study of Yiddish reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools:
Yiddish: An Introduction to Language Literature & Culture, Vol. 1 by Sheva Zucker (Unit 10-), supplementary readings & songs provided by the instructor

Additional Info: Taught almost entirely in Yiddish.

Advanced with Sheva Zucker
Mondays 3:00 – 4:30 pm: Oct. 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18 Jan. 8, 15
Course Goals: Focus on interpreting and understanding the traditional life of East European Jewry as well as vocabulary and grammar for improving conversation skills, through the study of I.B. Singer’s Mayn tatns besdn-shtub (In My Father’s Court).
Course Tools:
Selections from Mayn tatns besdn-shtub.
Additional Info:
This course will be taught entirely in Yiddish.

Advanced with Eve Jochnowitz
Tuesdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Oct. 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19 Jan. 2, 9
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 Language Literature & Culture, Vol. 2 by Sheva Zucker (Unit 16), 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: Oct. 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19 Jan. 2, 9
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 Info: This course is taught almost entirely in Yiddish.

CANCELLED! Advanced with Kolya Borodulin: Tsarist Russia Through Sholem Aleichem’s Eyes.
Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Oct 19, 26 Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28 Jan. 4, 11
Course Goals:
 Reading, discussing, and analyzing short pieces of the great author Sholem Aleichem.

Course Tools: Sholem Aleichem’s short stories.
Additional Info: This course is taught almost entirely in Yiddish.

CANCELLED! Yiddish Literature in Translation with Sheva Zucker Part I: Worlds in Collision: Tradition and Modernity in the Writing of I.L. Peretz
Mondays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Oct. 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20
Course Goals: To familiarize students with the works of I.L. Peretz
Course Tools: The I.L. Peretz Reader, Monish, selections from Peretz’s memoirs, Bontche the Silent, Kabbalists, Between Two Mountains; Education, In the Mail Coach, Three Gifts.
Additional Info: This course is taught in English. It runs for 6 weeks
Members $100/non-members $140

Yiddish Literature in Translation with Sheva Zucker Part II: The World of Isaac Bashevis Singer
Mondays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Nov. 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18 Jan. 8, 15
Course Goals: To familiarize students with the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer
Course Tools: Selections from In My Father’s Court, Yentl, The Cafeteria, The Spinoza of Market Street, and The Lecture
Additional Info: This course is taught in English. It runs for 6 weeks.
Members $100/non-members $140