Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA)
Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA)
Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA)
Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA)
Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA)
Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA)
Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA)
Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA)
Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA)

YIDDISH ARTS AND ACADEMICS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA (YAAANA)

Brukhim Ha-Bo'im!

Welcome!

YAAANA is dedicated to the promotion of Yiddish language and culture by offering low-cost Yiddish language classes, theater workshops, song workshops, lectures, and Jewish holiday celebrations to the broader community.  Most events take place in the San Diego area and feature Yiddish food and drinks.  Our mission is to expand awareness of the beauty of Yiddishkeit, as well as to preserve and advance Yiddish language and culture within the United States.  Our events are family-friendly.  All ages welcome!

   

   
Theatre & Interdisciplinary Performance

Theatre & Interdisciplinary Performance

The Story “Wooden Wars” focuses on the lives of four young Catholics from modern Poland, each of whom changes forever when they discover that they might have Jewish roots. Sisters Zosia and Ania separate as one travels to America, converts to reform ...
Yiddish Language

Yiddish Language

Yaaana specializes in tailor-made one-to-one and small group Yiddish Language courses for individuals and corporate clients alike. Here are a few reasons why this promises to be a week not to be missed this summer… This is the only opportunit...
About

About

About YAAANA In the United States, Yiddish has been trapped within two discrete, hermetic spheres: the ultra-Orthodox sphere, which engages the religious aspects of Yiddishkeit, and the academic sphere, which tends to study secular Yiddishkeit of th...
Mission

Mission

Brukhim Ha-Bo'im! Welcome! YAAANA is dedicated to the promotion of Yiddish language and culture by offering low-cost Yiddish language classes, theater workshops, song workshops, lectures, and Jewish holiday celebrations to the broader community.  M...

Yiddish Theater: Wooden Wars

The Story “Wooden Wars” focuses on the lives of four young Catholics from modern Poland, each of whom changes forever when they discover that they might have Jewish roots. Sisters Zosia and Ania separate as one travels to America, converts to reform Judaism, and embraces her lesbian sexuality, while the other stays behind in Poland and marries a Chabadnik. Both come to speak Yiddish at home. Their stories are intertwined with those of their friends Jakub and Tadek, two young men whose own relationships with Jewish identity and Yiddish language are troubled. Neither as children nor as adults do the characters have control of their fates. Various paranormal forces are involved in the action, and Jesus appears to sing in Yiddish....
Yiddish Theater: Wooden Wars

Testimonials

“The YAAANA organization…has brought [the] revival of Yiddish culture through film screenings, play and short story readings, poetry, concerts, discussions and language classes to San Diego. The revival of Yiddish ...
To keep Yiddish vital and thriving
“For me, Yiddish is a link not only to Jewish culture and literature (that is truly fascinating), but to my own family history that I feel detached from. I do not speak the language that my great-grandparents spoke...
“For me, Yiddish is a link not only to Jewish culture and literature….
“I have come to know Jana through her involvement in several programs throughout our community, promoting Yiddish culture in a way that will preserve its rich history academically, while bringing it to all ages and keepi...
promoting Yiddish culture in a way that will preserve its rich history
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