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Fall 2014 Yiddish Classes

All classes held at the YIVO Institute, 15 West 16th Street, NYC.

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Contact: | (212) 294-8301 x5167.

Advanced Elementary Yiddish

Instructor: Eve Jochnowitz
Thursdays, October 30-December 29, 2014 | 7:00-9:00pm

YIVO Members $250 (Join today for $54!) | Non-Members $325

This course will improve fluency and comprehension for students who have completed a semester of Yiddish for basic beginners or have a grasp of the Yiddish alphabet, and basic grammar and vocabulary. Students will gain skills in speaking, understanding, reading , and writing using traditional and contemporary materials.

Required text: Yiddish by Sheva Zucker plus materials provided by the instructor.

Intermediate Yiddish

Instructor: Paula Teitelbaum
Mondays, October 27-December 29, 2014 | 6:30-8:30pm

YIVO Members $250 (Join today for $54!) | Non-Members $325

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 Chanukah materials. The website is often used for its variety of text and video materials.

Advanced Yiddish Seminar:
Yerusholayim d’lite: a kurs in kulturgeshikhte un literatur

Instructor: Joshua Karlip
Six Mondays, October 27-December 1, 2014 | 6:15-7:45pm

YIVO Members $225 (Join today for $54!) | Non-Members $300

East European Jews referred to Vilna as "the Jerusalem of Lithuania." This course will explore the cultural and literary history of Vilna Jewry from the middle of the eighteenth century through the Holocaust. Class discussions and assigned texts will be in Yiddish.

Mizrekh-eyropeyishe yidn hobn gerufn vilne "yerusholoyim d'lite". Der klas vet oysforshn di kulturele un literarishe geshikhte fun vilner yidntum fun dem mitendikn akhtsentn yorhundert bizn khurbn. Ot veln zayn in hoypt temes funem kurs: traditsionele rabonishe kultur, der kamf tsivshn khsidim un misnagdim, di muser bavegung, di haskole, tsionizm, yidishe sotsializm, di ortodoksiye, di oyfkum fun der moderner yidisher kultur, un dos kulturele lebn in vilner geto beshasn khurbn. Vi a lernbukh veln mir nitsn Yerusholoyim d'lite: Di yidishe kultur in der lite fun Jerold C. Frakes. Undzer analiz fun di mekoyrim in dem bukh vet say araynfirn di studentn tsu der kultureler geshikhte fun vilner yidtntum say farbesern zeyer feyikeyt tsu leyenen literarishe yidishe tektstn.

History and Culture Classes

Contact: | (917) 606-8290

Modernism and the Yiddish Imagination
Instructor: Gennady Estraikh | Begins October 28, 2014
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Venue: YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History  |  15 West 16th Street - NYC   view map

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