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In-Person Yiddish Class Descriptions

SPRING 2019 CLASSES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY 2019

This fall we’re offering in-person 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 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 $245 for Workmen’s Circle members and $320 for non-members, except for Advanced with Eve Jochnowitz which is $295/$360 Learn more about becoming a member.

NO REFUND AFTER THE 2nd CLASS SESSION!

Beginners Conversation with Noah Barrera
Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec. 3, 10, 17 Jan. 7
Course Goals: Build skills in speaking and listening comprehension to become conversational in Yiddish.
Course Tools: Basic vocabulary, songs and games.
Additional Info: Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is not required.

Beginners I with Noah Barrera
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18 Jan. 8
Course Goals: Learn basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker
(Units 1 – 5); the interactive learning website YiddishPOP; supplementary basic reading texts & songs.
Additional Info: Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is not required.

Eve-1 to 1 100x100Beginners I with Eve Jochnowitz   
Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26
Course Goals: Learn basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker
(Units 1 – 5), supplementary basic reading texts and songs.
Additional Info: Previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is not required.

Paula-1 to 1 100x100Beginners I with Paula Teitelbaum (See below for prerequisites for this class)
Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:30 pm: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19 Jan 2
Course Goals: Learn 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 5), supplementary basic reading texts and songs.
Prerequisites: Spring 2018 Beginners I with Paula Teitelbaum.
Additional Info: Some previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is required, although fluency is not expected.

8.15.18TTYL-238Beginners II with Sheva Zucker
Mondays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec. 3, 10, 17 Jan. 7
Course Goals: Continue learning 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 8A), supplementary basic reading texts and songs.
Additional Info: The course is designed for those with approximately one year of Yiddish language study.

Beginners II with Paula Teitelbaum
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18 Jan. 8
Course Goals: Continue learning basic comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker
(Unit 7), supplementary basic reading texts and songs.
Additional Info: Some previous knowledge of the Alef-Beys is required, although fluency is not expected.

Intermediate I with Paula Teitelbaum
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19 Jan. 2
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. I by Sheva Zucker
(starting from Unit 10).
Additional Info: Taught almost entirely in Yiddish. For students who have a working knowledge of Yiddish or who have completed the Beginners courses.

Intermediate I with Eve Jochnowitz
Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27
Course Goals: Continue developing comprehension, speaking, reading and grammar skills.
Course Tools:
Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I by Sheva Zucker
(starting with Unit 11), supplementary basic reading texts and songs.
Additional Info: Taught almost entirely in Yiddish. For students who have a working knowledge of Yiddish or who have completed the Beginners courses.

Intermediate II with Paula Teitelbaum
Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:30 pm: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18 Jan. 8
Course Goals: Continue Intermediate study of Yiddish reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. I & II (starting with Unit 11B and continuing to Unit 12). Motl Peyse Dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem, abridged and glossed for students.
Additional Info: Taught almost entirely in Yiddish.

Intermediate II with Sheva Zucker (See below for prerequisites for this class)
Thursdays 6:15 – 7:45 pm:
Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27
Course Goals: Continue Intermediate level study of Yiddish reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
Course Tools: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. II by Sheva Zucker
(starting from Unit 12A – the first unit in the book); Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleichem.
Prerequisites: Spring 2018 Intermediate I with Sheva Zucker or another equivalent Yiddish course.
Additional Info: The course is designed for those with approximately two years of Yiddish language study.

Intermediate-Advanced Conversation with Eve Jochnowitz
Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:30 pm: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 28 Dec. 5, 12, 19 Jan. 2
Course Goals: Study the life and culture of the Yiddish-speaking world while building skills in speaking and listening comprehension. 
Course Tools: Material in Yiddish with transliteration provided by the instructor.
Additional Info: Course is conducted almost entirely in Yiddish.

Advanced with Sheva Zucker
Mondays 3:00 – 4:30 pm:
Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec. 3, 10, 17 Jan. 7
Course Goals: Interpret and understand the traditional life of East European Jewry and improve vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills.
Course Tools: Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye der Milkhiker, newspaper articles, student personal presentations.
Additional Info: This course will be taught entirely in Yiddish.

Advanced with Eve Jochnowitz
Tuesdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18 Jan. 8
Course Goals: 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 the Language, Literature & Culture, Vol. II by Sheva Zucker
(starting with Unit 19), Motl Peysi De Khazns by Sholem Aleichem, supplementary basic reading texts
and songs.
Additional Info: Course is conducted almost entirely in Yiddish.

Kolya 1 to 1 100x100Advanced with Kolya Borodulin
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm:
Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec. 4, 11, 18 Jan. 8
Course Goals:
Read and analyze Yiddish literature, poetry, and songs.
Course Tools:
Zalman Scheour’s Der mamzer (The bastard), a selection of poetry and songs, additional historical material.
Additional Info:
This course is taught entirely in Yiddish.