In-Person Yiddish Class Descriptions

This summer we’re offering 6 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 Summer 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 $80 for Workmen’s Circle members and $100 for non-members, except for Advanced with Eve Jochnowitz which is $100/$120. Learn more about becoming a member.

NO REFUND AFTER THE 2nd CLASS SESSION !!!

Kolya 1 to 1 100x100Learn to Read Yiddish in 4 Sessions with Kolya Borodulin
Mondays 6:30 – 8:00pm: July 9, 16, 23, 30
Course Goals: Learn to read the Yiddish alphabet.
Course Tools: Short Yiddish texts and poems.
Additional Info: Open a gateway to amazing Yiddish culture in the original language. Previous
knowledge of the Alef-Beys is not required.

motl-didnerBeginners Conversation with Motl Didner
Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:00pm: July 10, 17, 24, 31
Course Goals: Build skills in speaking and listening comprehension to become conversational in Yiddish.
Course Tools: Tales from Yiddish theater.
Additional Info: Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is not required.

yankl peretzBeginners I with Yankl-Peretz Blum
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: July 10, 17, 24, 31
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.

Eve-1 to 1 100x100Intermediate-Advanced Conversation with Eve Jochnowitz
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm:
June 26, July 3, 10, 17
Course Goals: Study the life and culture of the Yiddish-speaking world while building skills in speaking and listening comprehension. 
Course Tools: Readings in transliteration provided by the instructor.
Additional Info: Course is conducted almost entirely in Yiddish.

Advanced with Eve Jochnowitz
Tuesdays 12:00 – 2:00 pm:
June 26, July 3, 10, 17
Course Goals: Explore reading material from Yiddish literature and press with special emphasis on the Tevye stories by Sholem-Aleichem.  
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.

Shane-1 to 1 100x100Advanced with Shane Baker: Laughing in the Dark – the Yiddish Humorist “Der Tunkeler”
Wednesdays 3:30 – 5:00 pm:
July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1
Course Goals: Examine the life, influences, and work of Yoysef Tunkel, one of the most prominent and productive humorists of his age, with work in genres including cartoons, literary and cultural parodies, and autobiographical reportage.
Course Tools:
 Selections from the writings of Yoysef Tunkel
Additional Info: Course is conducted almost entirely in Yiddish.