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Spring 2014 Yiddish Classes

All classes held at the YIVO Institute, 15 West 16th Street, NYC, in the third floor conference room.

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Cost: $275 for YIVO members (Join today for $54!) · $300 for non-members
Advanced: $180 for YIVO members · $225 for non-members

For more information contact Leah Falk at or 212.294.8301 x5167.

Elementary Yiddish II

Instructor: Eve Jochnowitz
Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, February 20-April 24, 2014 (10 sessions)

This class will build fundamental communication and comprehension skills, based on speaking, listening, grammar exercises, and some reading and writing. Classes will be structured around conversation, songs, and interactive use of materials adapted from Yiddish literature and folklore. Taught in English.

Pre-requisites: Working knowledge of the Yiddish alphabet, or alef-beys; some previous knowledge of spoken Yiddish and its basic grammatical components.

To review the alef-beys, visit our online worksheet.


Required textbook: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Vol. 1 by Sheva Zucker

Intermediate Yiddish II

Instructor: Paula Teitelbaum
Monday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, January 27-April 7, 2014 (10 sessions)

In this class, students will develop the four primary language acquisition skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. They will sharpen conversation skills and learn grammar communicatively through instructor feedback and repetition. To develop reading skills, students will read aloud from texts they prepare in advance. Students will bridge the gap between spoken and written language by listening; they will thus learn to group words in phrases, and to tackle the flexibility of Yiddish word order to comprehend meaning. Through reading, students are exposed to new vocabulary, idioms and grammatical structuresas they develop speed and fluency. Taught in Yiddish.

Texts will be provided by the instructor, range in genre from fables, stories, poems, memoirs, journalistic pieces, and songs, and include thematic curricula such as Purim and Passover materials. The website is often used for its variety of text and video materials.

Advanced Yiddish: Literary Seminar – Yiddish Literature of World War I

Instructor: Gennady Estraikh
Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, February 25; March 4, 11, 25; April 1, 8 (6 sessions)

This seminar, taught in both Yiddish and English, will focus on close readings and contextual discussions of a series of literary fiction and non-fiction relating to the Jewish experience of World War I, moving from well-known authors to rarely read treasures. It will begin with the literature of Sholem Aleichem and Lamed Shapiro (2 sessions), following with excerpts from S. An-sky’s diaries (1 session), Y. Krepliyak’s 1927 Fun kazarme un milkhome (1 session), K. H. Heisherik’s 1930 In fayer un blut (1 session), and J. Mestel’s 1924 Milkhome-notitsn fun a yidishn ofitsir.

Venue: YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History  |  15 West 16th Street - NYC   view map

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