Yiddish Classes - Fall 2021


All Classes start the week of Oct. 11, and will meet for 9 weeks.


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General Interest: A Taste of Yiddish Culture through Nature Poetry & Song

      Weds eves, 7-8:30pm (Instructor Adah Hetko)


This course will guide students in a joyful exploration of Yiddish language, music and culture through sources celebrating the natural world. The instructor will lead class discussion in English; all materials will be in transliteration and English translation.



Level 1: Beginner Yiddish, 1st semester

    Monday eves, 7:30-9pm, plus Alef Beys 7-7:30 (Instructor Adah Hetko)


Learn elementary grammar, how to read Yiddish and conversation skills. Students who don't yet know the Hebrew alphabet will be asked to join the class a half hour early for the first several sessions. Interactive & lively class. (Textbook info will be sent with registration confirmation.)



Level 1: Beginner Yiddish, 2nd semester

    Tuesday eves, 7-8:30pm (Instructor Jonah Sidman)


This class will continue using Colloquial Yiddish, starting with a review of grammar.  Additionally, songs and various multi-media materials will be used to expose students to current and historical Yiddish culture and to strengthen conversation skills and Yiddish reading ability. (Textbook info will be sent with registration confirmation.)



Level 2: Advanced Beginner

Choose from 2 sections:

       Sunday, 7-8:30pm (Instructor Jonah Sidman)


      Thursday, 7-8:30pm (Instructor: Zissel Piazza)

Geared to students who have already taken Beginner 2. Focus on increasing your comfort with Yiddish grammar and with fluency speaking, reading and writing.  The Sunday class will use the textbook Colloquial Yiddish; the Thursday class will use In Eynem.



Level 3: Intermediate: Language through Literature

Choose from 2 sections:

      Wednesday, 4:30-6pm (Reading Motl Peyse with Instructor Jonah Sidman)


      Monday, 7-8:30pm (Instructor Abby Howell)


This class is geared to students who have taken Beginner 3 or Advanced Beginner, and to continuing intermediates. Students in the Wednesday section will read an abridged and annotated version of Motl Peyse dem Khazns by Sholem Aleykhem. The Monday section is intended for continuing BWC Intermediates who have already read Motl Peyse dem Khazns.



Level 4: Advanced:  Yiddish Theater 

    Monday, 7-8:30pm (Instructor: Zissel Piazza)


In this advanced Yiddish class, we will be reading pieces of Yiddish theater aloud together, beginning with Kadya Molodowsky's Ale fentster tsu der zun. The teacher will speak in Yiddish, providing dramaturgy and historical context, and students will be encouraged to discuss the material using as much Yiddish as they can.




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