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Online Yiddish Class Descriptions

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 Spring 2019 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, except for the mini courses, which are $120/$145 for a 4-week class, and $145/$170 for a 5-week class. 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
Tuesdays 11:30 – 1:00 pm: March 5, 12, 19, 26 April 2, 9, 16, 30 May 7, 14
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 not required.

isaac-beaman 1 to 1 100x100Beginners I with Isaac Bleaman
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Feb. 20, 27 March 6, 13, 27 April 3, 10, 17 May 1, 8
Course Goals:
 Basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: The course’s primary textbook College Yiddish by Uriel Weinreich, starting from Lesson 1
Additional Info: Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys not required.

Beginners I (continuation) with Yankl-Peretz Blum
Sundays 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: March 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14, 28 May 5, 12, 19

Course Goals: Build basic skills in comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools:
YiddishPOP.com (Lessons 3.1 through 4.5).
Additional Info:
Some previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys required. This is a continuation of the Fall 2018 class.

Miri015Beginners I (continuation) with Miriam Koral
Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Apr. 1, 8, 15, 29 May 6, 13, 20, 27 June 3, 17
Course Goals:
Continue building skills in reading, writing, conversational skills, and Yiddish grammar.
Course Tools:
Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker (from Unit 3) songs and specialized handouts.
Additional Info:
Basic reading, writing and conjugation in the present tense required. This is a continuation of the Fall 2018 class.

Paula-1 to 1 100x100Beginners I (continuation) with Paula Teitelbaum
Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: March 14, 28 April 4, 11, 18 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
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 4-7), songs and specialized handouts. 
Additional Info: This is a continuation of the Fall 2018 class.

Beginners II with Miriam Koral
Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:00 pm: April 3, 10, 17 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June 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 (from Unit 6), class-tailored handouts.
Additional Info: Previous knowledge of basic reading, writing and grammar (present-tense conjugation, modifying adjectives, etc.) required.

natalia_krynicka2Beginners II (continuation) with Natalia Krynicka 
Mondays 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 29 May 6, 13
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 10), supplementary basic reading texts and songs.
Additional Info: This is a continuation of the Fall 2018 class.

Intermediate I (continuation) with Natalia Krynicka 
Mondays 1:30 – 3:00 pm: March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 29 May 6, 13
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 15).
Additional Info:
 Taught almost entirely in Yiddish. For students who have a working knowledge of Yiddish or who have completed the Beginners courses. This is a continuation of the Fall 2018 class.

dovid_braunIntermediate I (continuation) with David Braun
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Feb. 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26 April 2, 9, 16, 30 May 7
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 23).
Additional Info:
Taught almost entirely in Yiddish. For students who have a working knowledge of Yiddish or who have completed the Beginners courses. This is a continuation of the Fall 2018 class.

8.15.18TTYL-238Intermediate III with Sheva Zucker
Sundays 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14, 28 May 5, 12
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 17B), Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem.
Additional Info:
The course is designed for those with approximately 2.5 years of Yiddish language study.

Intermediate IV with Sheva Zucker
Thursdays 8:00 – 9:30 pm: Feb. 28 March 7, 14, 28 April 4, 11, 18 May 2, 9, 16

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 19B), Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem
Additional Info:
The course is designed for those with approximately 2.5 years of Yiddish language study.

Kolya 1 to 1 100x100Intermediate-Advanced with Kolya Borodulin: Mit Yidish iber der velt
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: March 13, 27 April 10, 17 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June 5
Course Goals: Introduce students to key Yiddish cultural figures from past to present. Meet and have a chat in Yiddish with Jeffrey Shandler, Anita Norich, David Fishman, Nikki Olnyanski (Sweden), Anna Rozenfeld (Poland), Velvl Chernin (Israel) and more.
Course Tools: Texts and multimedia by and about outstanding Yiddishists
Additional Info: This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish. (It is not a repetition of previous courses.)

Advanced with Sheva Zucker
Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Feb. 27 March 6, 13, 27 April 3, 10, 17 May 1, 8, 15

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, Yekheskl Kotik, Meylekh Ravitsh.
Additional Info: The course is designed for those with approximately 3-4 years of Yiddish language study.

Gennady-1 to 1 100x150Advanced Yiddish with Gennady Estraikh: Sholem Asch’s America
Sundays 10:00 – 11:30 am: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14, 28 May 5, 12

Course Goals:
Read and discuss Sholem Asch’s 1911 book America, the language and orthography of the text, and how it provides highly informative and evocative material on the economically-motivated Jewish emigration from Poland (then part of the Russian Empire) to the United States.
Course Tools:
Sholem Asch’s 1911 book America. Students will get an electronic copy of the book and read approximately ten pages per week.
Additional Info: This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish. Read Gennady Estraikh’s article on Asch here.

Avraham-1 to 1 100x100Advanced with Avrom Lichtenbaum: A Literary Lens on Jewish History
Mondays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: March 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 29 May 6, 13, 20
Course Goals:
To analyze Jewish life over the last 150 years through the lens of Yiddish literature. Since 1862, Modern Yiddish Literature has reflected historical developments in Jewish life, including pogroms, immigration, the new conditions brought about by America, the Holocaust and the Land of Israel. The Yiddish writer, especially the poet, did not only reflect these developments but often predicted them.
Course Tools: The works of A.Leyeles, Dovid Hofstein, Bialik, Sh. Frug, H. Leivik, I.L. Peretz, Sh. An-ski, Y.Y. Segal, Sh. Halkin, Melekh Ravitsh, Aron Tsaitlin, Mortkhe Gebirtik, Itzik Manger, Moshe Yungman, Yosef Kerler, Rokhl Oyerbakh, and Chava Rozenfarb. 
Additional Info: This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish.

Advanced with Avrom Lichtenbaum: Yiddish Wit
Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: March 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 29 May 6, 13, 20
Course Goals:
Explore the works Yiddish writers who described Jewish life using folk wit, which the Jewish people and Yiddish writers channeled in the trying times of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Course Tools: The works of Y.l. Gordon, Mikh Gordon, Aleykum Tsunzer, Zalmen Shneour, Hershele Ostropolier, Itzik Manger, Der Tunkeler, Y. Pirozhnikov, M. Zeyfert, A. Eselin, and Y. Adler.
Additional Info:
This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish.

Miriam TrinhAdvanced with Miriam Trinh: Avrom Sutzkever’s Poetic Worlds – an Introduction into his Poetry and Prose
Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: March 12, 19, 26 April 2, 9, 16, 30 May 7, 14, 21
Course Goals:
Discuss the complexity of Avrom Sutzkever’s work throughout the different periods of his life. We will reflect on the codes of his poetic language, the changes in his writing as a reaction to its historical contexts and on the differences/similarities between his poetry and prose.
Course Tools:
The works of Avrom Sutzkever
Additional Info: This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish.

yitskhokniborski 1 to 1 100x100Advanced Grammar (continuation) with Yitskhok Niborski: Yiddish Word Structure and Word Creation
Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: March 13, 27 April 3, 10, 17 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Course Description Available in Yiddish Soon

Additional Info: This is a continuation of the Fall 2018 class.



NEW! Mini Courses
(4-5 sessions, $120/$145 for a 4-week class, and $145/$170 for a 5-week class)

FishmanPhoto2Advanced with David Fishman: Vilna, “The Jerusalem of Lithuania” – The History of a Jewish Cultural Center
Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: May 28 June 4, 11, 18
Course Goals:
Explore the special position Vilna occupied in the cultural world of East European Jewry as a center of both old and new forms of Jewish life.
Course Tools:
The course will focus on four topics in the history of Jewish Vilna: (a) the Vilna Gaon and Rabbinic learning, (b) The Great Rebellions: the Haskalah and the Bund, (c) The Capital City of Yiddish (d) Jewish Culture in the Vilna Ghetto.
Additional Info:
This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish.

Dov Ber KerlerAdvanced Yiddish with Dov-Ber Kerler: Five overviews of dialectal, societal, and creative aspects of Yiddish.
Tuesdays 2:45 – 4:15 pm: March 5, 12, 19, 26 April 2
Course Goals:
A series of five overview lectures of Yiddish language, creativity, and culture, each one focusing on a particular central theme with select concrete issues and examples.
Course Tools:
The lectures will be: Dialects of Yiddish between History and Geography; Yiddish Folklore: forms, genres, patterns; From “Zhargon to Yiddish” or “Our Tongue” becomes a “Language”; Yiddish Today: structure, function, context; Yiddish Online Resources: accessible primary and secondary sources for Yiddish Scholarship.
Additional Info:
This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish.

SANDLER-FOTO 1bwAdvanced Yiddish with Boris Sandler: The Art of Yiddish Literary Shorts
Tuesdays 2:45 – 4:15 pm: April 9, 16, 30 May 7, 14
Course Goals:
Explore the importance of literary shorts in Yiddish literature.
Course Tools:
The works of Shira Gorshman, Yekhiel Shraybman, Mark Razumni and Yosl Birshteyn.
Additional Info:
This course is conducted entirely in Yiddish.

Michael-Wex-1 to 1 100x100Advanced Yiddish with Michael Wex: Jesus in Modern Yiddish Literature
Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: April 4, 11, 18 May 2
Course Goals:
Explore the ways in which Jesus is employed as character, image, or both in older texts and modern Yiddish literature.
Course Tools:
Toldos Yeyshu and the Agadeto de-Shimon Keyfo; the works of Sholem Asch, Uri-Tsvi Greenberg, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, Der Nister, Itzik Manger, Lamed Shapiro and others.
Additional Info:
The course will be conducted entirely in Yiddish.