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Yiddish Class Registration - Winter/Spring 2020

11 Sessions, 7:30 – 9:00 PM, starting Feb. 3 (Mon Classes) & Feb. 4 (Tues Classes)


Course offerings include (1) Beginner Pt. 2; (2) Advanced Beginner; (3) Intermediate; and (4) Advanced: Language Through Literature


Beginner, part 2 (Tues nights): Continue to learn conversation skills, how to read Yiddish, and elementary grammar. The class will be interactive and lively, using a textbook, songs, games, films and other multi-media materials. Level: This course is intended for students who took the fall Beginner class at Boston Workers Circle or newcomers who have learned some basics in another setting.
Instructor: Jonah Sidman.

Advanced Beginner (Tues nights):  Focus on increasing your comfort with Yiddish grammar and with fluency speaking & reading and writing, through use of a textbook, conversation, reading, games, and music. Teachings will also include information about the culture and history of the Ashkenazi Jewish people and how to get connected with the contemporary world of Yiddish speakers. Level: Students should already be able to read, write and speak simple sentences in Yiddish and be willing to stretch to learn to read & write short texts in Yiddish and to do short oral presentations in class.
Instructor: Abby Howell.

Intermediate (Monday nights):  
Students will build on their knowledge of Yiddish through conversation, reading annotated prose and poetry, further exploring Yiddish grammar (including more advanced verb forms and sentence structures), and diving into the wide world of Yiddish music and culture, integrating both modern day and historical content. Level: Participants should be motivated to read Yiddish beyond basic texts with the help of a dictionary and have some experience speaking Yiddish within or outside of a classroom setting.
Instructor: Max Edwards.

Advanced - Language through Literature (Monday nights)
: Spring semester will be a continuation of readings about the activities of the Vilna Ghetto United Partisan Organization. We will use Shmerke Katcheginski”s and Avrom Skutzkever’s diaries as primary sources and include their songs and poetry of this period.The semester’s work will include written assignments as well as reading and translating.  Grammatical structures, idioms and vocabulary will be highlighted and reviewed in the context of the reading. Class discussions will be primarily in Yiddish, with English and Yinglish as necessary.  Level:  This is a course for students who are fairly fluent in Yiddish reading and motivated to improve their writing and speaking abilities. 
Instructor: Lillian Leavitt


Please visit the Yiddish class page on our website for full descriptions of the courses and teacher bios. If you have questions, you may contact the office by phone at 617-566-6281 or by emailing Sandy. 

A dank (thanks) for your interest!



Please select the appropriate tuition level below. Note that members of Boston Workers Circle enjoy discounted tuition rates. If you're not a member already, we welcome you to join us! (Please consider adding an additional $2-5 to your contribution to cover the cost of our credit card transaction fees - thank you!) 


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No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please email Sandy to discuss financial assistance. 

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