Yiddish Language

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The Workers Circle is New York’s leading center for Yiddish language instruction, and the largest provider of Yiddish language classes in the U.S. outside of academic institutions. Our instructors, led by our master teacher Kolya Borodulin, are experts in the field. Our students (including teens and young adults) share a passion for the Jewish culture of Eastern Europe and its amazing literature, music, theater, and more.

Curious about Yiddish? Watch this introductory video by our Director of Yiddish Programming Kolya Borodulin:


Whatever your Yiddish proficiency, from absolute beginner to total maven, we’ve got a class for you, in person or online, at every age and stage of life. We also offer an immersive summer program — our annual  Trip to Yiddishland at our Circle Lodge retreat center in Hopewell Junction, New York.

Thank you to the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Chaim Schwartz Foundation, Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation and The Atran Foundation for their support of our Yiddish programming.

Fall 2020 Registration

Attend classes at the Workers Circle New York headquarters, or join our online community of distance learners from all over the world. Sign up today!LEARN MORE

Meet Our Yiddish Instructors

The Workers Circle Yiddish instructors are world-renowned scholars with decades of experience teaching Yiddish language and culture. LEARN MORE

Purchase Books

We are proud to sell several books on Yiddish language and song written by former Workers Circle educators and Yiddish experts. Teachers and students of all levels learn and study with our books in and out of the classroom. LEARN MORE

Trip to Yiddishland

Experience a complete immersion in Yiddish language and culture at this annual summer retreat in upstate New York.LEARN MORE

Yiddish Language for Kids

Workers Circle students learn Yiddish through innovative language instruction, culture, music, and art. LEARN MORE