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Online Yiddish Class Descriptions

SPRING 2019 CLASSES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY 2019

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 Fall 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 $295 for Workmen’s Circle members and $340 for non-members. Learn more about becoming a member.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL CLASS TIMES ARE GIVEN IN EASTERN STANDARD TIME(EST)

NO REFUND AFTER THE 2nd CLASS SESSION!

yankl peretzBeginners I with Yankl-Peretz Blum
Sundays 11:30 am – 1:00 pm:
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov. 4, 11, 18 Dec. 2, 9, 16
Course Goals:
Build basic skills in comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools:
YiddishPOP.com (Lessons 1.1 through 2.5).
Additional Info:
Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is not required.

Miri015Beginners I with Miriam Koral  THIS COURSE IS FULL
Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 pm:
Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec. 3, 10
Course Goals
: Learn the Yiddish alphabet, basic reading, writing, conversational skills, and introduction to Yiddish grammar.
Course Tools:
Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker (Units 1 – 3), songs and specialized handouts.
Additional Info:
Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is not required.

Paula-1 to 1 100x100Beginners I with Paula Teitelbaum
Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm:
Oct. 11, 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 20 
Course Goals:
Learn the Yiddish alphabet, basic reading, writing, conversational skills, and grammar.
Course Tools:
Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker (Units 1 – 3), songs and specialized handouts.
Additional Info:
Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is not required.

Beginners I with Miriam Koral (See below for prerequisites for this class)
Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:00 pm: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 28 Dec. 5, 12
Course Goals:
Strengthen and improve conversational skills, learn the next level of comprehensive Yiddish grammar (e.g., past tense, cases), enhance vocabulary and reading skills.
Course Tools:
Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker, class-tailored handouts.
Prerequisites: Spring 2018 Beginners I with Miriam Koral.
Additional Info: Previous knowledge of basic reading, writing and grammar (present-tense conjugation, modifying adjectives, etc.) is required.

Beginners I with Yankl-Peretz Blum (See below for prerequisites for this class)
Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm:
Oct. 11, 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 27
Course Goals:
Basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools:
YiddishPOP.com (Lessons 2.5 through 3.4).
Prerequisites: Spring 2018 Beginners I with Yankl-Peretz Blum.
Additional Info: Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is required.

natalia_krynicka2Beginners II with Natalia Krynicka (See below for prerequisites for this class) THIS COURSE IS FULL
Mondays 11:30 am – 1:00 pm:
Oct. 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec. 3, 10, 17
Course Goals:
Build skills in 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 7), supplementary basic reading texts and songs.
Prerequisites: Spring 2018 Beginners I with Paula Teitelbaum.
Additional Info:
Students are expected to be familiar with the Alef-Beys although they are not expected to be able to read fluently yet.

Intermediate I with Natalia Krynicka
Mondays 1:30 – 3:00 pm:
Oct. 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec. 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 the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. II by Sheva Zucker (starting with Unit 12).
Additional Info:
Taught almost entirely in Yiddish. For students who have a working knowledge of Yiddish or who have completed the Beginners courses.

dovid_braunIntermediate I with David Braun
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm:
Oct. 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18
Course Goals:
Continue learning Yiddish for students who have a working knowledge of Yiddish or who have completed an elementary course.
Course Tools:
College Yiddish by Uriel Weinreich, starting with Lesson 21.
Additional Info:
Taught almost entirely in Yiddish. For students who have a working knowledge of Yiddish or who have completed the Beginners courses.

8.15.18TTYL-238Intermediate III with Sheva Zucker
Sundays 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov. 4, 18 Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23
Course Goals:
Continue 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. II by Sheva Zucker (starting with Unit 15B), Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem.
Additional Info:
The course is designed for those with approximately 2.5-3 years of Yiddish language study.

Intermediate IV with Sheva Zucker
Thursdays 8:00 – 9:30 pm:
Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13
Course Goals:
Continue Intermediate level study of Yiddish language, focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools:
Literary text and songs, Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. II by Sheva Zucker (starting with Unit 18A), Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem
Additional Info:
The course is designed for those with approximately 2.5-3 years of Yiddish language study.

Kolya 1 to 1 100x100Intermediate-Advanced with Kolya Borodulin: With Great Pleasure – Meet Yiddish Literature
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm:
Oct. 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26
Course Goals:
Learn about life and creativity through reading and analyzing short literary texts (short stories and poetry).
Course Tools:
With Great Pleasure: A Century of Yiddish Writing, edited by Heather Valencia; texts and multimedia of the following authors: Mendele Moykher Sforim, Itsik Manger, Hersh Bergner, Katie Brown, Leye Robinson, Hersh Shisler, Shmuel Harendorf, Dovid Bergelson, Leib Olitski, Yosl Birshtein.
Additional Info:
This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish. It is not a repetition of Spring 2018 semester.

Gennady-1 to 1 100x150Advanced Yiddish with Gennady Estraikh: Yiddish Women Authors of the 20th Century
Sundays 10:00 – 11:30 am:
Oct. 14, 21, 28 Nov. 4, 11, 18 Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 
Course Goals: Learn about Yiddish women writers of the 20th Century, discuss the environments and historical circumstances within which they lived: revolutions, wars, migrations, ideological possession, and persecutions.   
Course Tools: The biographies and creative works of Rokhl Brokhes, Sarah Reisen, Kadia Molodowsky, Rokhl Korn, Khane Levin, Shira Gorshman, Rokhl Oyerbakh, Lili Berger, Lyuba Vaserman, and Rokhl Boymwol.
Additional Info: This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish.

yitskhokniborski 1 to 1 100x100Advanced with Yitskhok Niborski: Romanian Yiddish Writers
Mondays 1:30 – 3:00 pm:
Oct. 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec. 3, 10, 17
Course Goals:
Read and analyze the works of Romanian Yiddish writers.
Course Tools: The works of Yehuda Shtaynbarg and Moyshe Altman, fables of Eliezer Shtaynbarg), critical works by Itzik Manger, and poems by Yakov Shternberg, Yakov Groper, Meyer Charatz and Alexander Shpiegelblatt.
Additional Info: This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish. Read the Course Description in Yiddish Here

Avraham-1 to 1 100x100Advanced with Avrom Lichtenbaum: Jacob Glatstein – The Introspectivist and the Prose Writer
Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 pm:
Oct. 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec. 3, 10, 17
Course Goals:
Read and analyze the works of Jacob Glatstein.
Course Tools: Poems, prose, and literary essays by Jacob Glatstein.
Additional Info: This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish. Students will receive a glossary of Hebrew
words and guideposts as to what to look for in the poems.

Advanced with Avrom Lichtenbaum: Avrom Reisen – A Light and Folksy Writer
Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm:
Oct. 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18
Course Goals: Analyze the ideas from Reisen’s epoch and his attitude toward Jewish lives.
Course Tools: The works of Avrom Reisen.
Additional Info: This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish.

Dov Ber KerlerNEW!! Advanced Yiddish with Dov-Ber Kerler: Modern Yiddish Poetry – Select Issues and Readings
Tuesdays 2:45 – 4:15 pm:
Oct. 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18
Course Goals:
Look at number of major issues of modern Yiddish poetry, including (a) the role of modern poetry as a vehicle and a symbol of sociolinguistic, cultural, and even political rise of “high” Yiddish creativity, (b) the emergence and evolvement of modern and modernist poetic diction, (c) connections and interconnections between Yiddish song culture (lyrics) and poetic oeuvre (i.e., from folk-songs and songs to poetry and vice versa), (d) epic and lyric genres and elements in modern Yiddish poetry, (e) Yiddish poetry after the late 1930s and during as well as in the wake of the Holocaust.
Course Tools: Poems that will be read and discussed will include those by Shimen Frug, Khayim Nachman Bialik, Yehoash, Dovid Hofshteyn, Kadia Molofowsky, Yankev Glatshteyn, Rokhl Korn and others.
Additional Info: This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish.

Advanced Grammar with Yitskhok Niborski: Yiddish Word Structure and Word Creation
Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm:
Oct. 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26 Jan. 9
Course Description Available in Yiddish here

Advanced with Sheva Zucker
Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm:
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19
Course Goals: Begin advanced level study of Yiddish language, focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Yidish af Yidish by Dovid Goldberg; Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem; autobiographies of Yiddish authors including Puah Rakowski, Hinde Bergner, and Yekheskl Kotik.
Additional Info: The course is designed for those with approximately 3-4 years of Yiddish language study.

Michael-Wex-1 to 1 100x100Advanced Yiddish with Michael Wex: Itzik Manger Goes To Heaven
Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm:
Oct. 11, 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 20
Course Goals:
Look at Itzik Manger’s comic fantasy, Dos Bukh fun Ganeydn, with special emphasis on the author’s treatment of traditional Jewish popular culture both in this novel and in his poetry.
Course Tools: Itzik Manger’s comic fantasy, Dos Bukh fun Ganeydn.
Additional Info: This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish.