Yiddish for Beginners I

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This package includes 13 sessions of a 90 min. language class, eight sessions of a 60 min. conversation class, and eight sessions of a 60 min. reading circle at the Beginner 1 level; please note the language class starts on May 31, a week before the other two classes in this level.

Price: $400 

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To allow our students to have more flexibility, we also offer individual classes, scroll down to learn more about each class and register individually for each class and workshop if that is more suitable to you.

Let us awaken your Yiddish soul this summer!

Teacher: Dave Fried

Bio: Dave Fried is a dedicated Yiddishist living in Chicago. He has learned Yiddish in Vilna, Lithuania as well as New York. He has been teaching Yiddish for almost two years – with a special focus on welcoming newcomers to the language. While not knee deep in Yiddish, he likes bike rides, cold noodles and Jewish punk rock.

Intermediate Yiddish Class

Yiddish Alef Beys Class + Beginners 1

Teacher: Dave Fried

Time:

Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. in the U.K., 8 p.m. in most of Europe, 9 p.m. in Israel).

Please note this course begins on May 31, a week before the other language classes in this level. The final session will be on the same day as the other classes. This class consists of 13 sessions.

Description:

The Yiddish Alef Beys Crash Course aims to help newcomers to the Yiddish language learn the alef beys. By the end of the first class, students will be able to read a full Yiddish sentence. Each class will add more letters, starting the foundation of vocabulary and understanding. The class follows a very Simpsons-centric sense of humor along with a no-pressure, easy-going approach to the material. By the end of the course, the student will be comfortable and confident in reading Yiddish, and be ready to take any number of classes for beginners.

Shmues (Conversation) Class for Beginners 1

This class has been postponed until further notice, stay tuned for updates.

Teacher: Ruthie Solomon

Time: Monday-Thursday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. PDT (12:30 p.m. EDT, 5:30 p.m. in the U.K., 6:30 p.m. in most of Europe, 7:30 p.m. in Israel)

Description: Here's your chance to learn to shmooze in the "secret language" of your parents and grandparents. In this fun class, we will learn the basics of Yiddish conversation, such as naming the days of the week, counting, time expressions, family words, and a little grammar. In the second week, conversations will be introduced that can be read dramatically. Materials will be available in transliteration.

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Bio: Since 2000, Ruthie Solomon has been teaching Yiddish  for Jewish community centers, synagogues and public adult education programs in the United States. She had the opportunity to teach Yiddish in the Ukraine during the summers of 1996-2000. Ruthie has a Bachelor of Jewish Literature from The Jewish Teachers Seminary and a Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University. 

Teacher: Dave Fried

Bio: Dave Fried is a dedicated Yiddishist living in Chicago. He has learned Yiddish in Vilna, Lithuania as well as New York. He has been teaching Yiddish for almost two years – with a special focus on welcoming newcomers to the language. While not knee deep in Yiddish, he likes bike rides, cold noodles and Jewish punk rock.

 

Leyenkrayz (Reading Circle) for Beginners 1

Teacher: Dave Fried

Time: Monday-Thursday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. PDT (4:30 p.m. EDT, 9:30 p.m. in the U.K., 10:30 p.m. in most of Europe, 11:30 p.m. in Israel)

Description: This reading circle is designed for those who have just learned how to read in Yiddish, or for those who want to improve their reading skills. We will be reading the book “Yidishe kinder - alef,” which follows the life of fictitious school-age children Motl, Gitl, and Faygl. We will read and interpret the book together, learning the language and culture. This is a 100% no pressure, go-at-your-own-pace reading circle. No pain, much gain! To ensure a heymish (cozy) atmosphere, we aim to keep the class size small! Space is limited.

 

Yiddish Alef Beys Class + Beginners 1

Teacher: Dave Fried

Teacher: Dave Fried

Time:

Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. in the U.K., 8 p.m. in most of Europe, 9 p.m. in Israel).

Please note this course begins on May 31, a week before the other language classes in this level. The final session will be on the same day as the other classes. This class consists of 13 sessions.

Description:

The Yiddish Alef Beys Crash Course aims to help newcomers to the Yiddish language learn the alef beys. By the end of the first class, students will be able to read a full Yiddish sentence. Each class will add more letters, starting the foundation of vocabulary and understanding. The class follows a very Simpsons-centric sense of humor along with a no-pressure, easy-going approach to the material. By the end of the course, the student will be comfortable and confident in reading Yiddish, and be ready to take any number of classes for beginners.

Bio: Dave Fried is a dedicated Yiddishist living in Chicago. He has learned Yiddish in Vilna, Lithuania as well as New York. He has been teaching Yiddish for almost two years – with a special focus on welcoming newcomers to the language. While not knee deep in Yiddish, he likes bike rides, cold noodles and Jewish punk rock.

Shmues (Conversation) Class for Beginners 1

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Teacher: Ruthie Solomon

Time: Monday-Thursday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. PDT (12:30 p.m. EDT, 5:30 p.m. in the U.K., 6:30 p.m. in most of Europe, 7:30 p.m. in Israel)

Description: Here's your chance to learn to shmooze in the "secret language" of your parents and grandparents. In this fun class, we will learn the basics of Yiddish conversation, such as naming the days of the week, counting, time expressions, family words, and a little grammar. In the second week, conversations will be introduced that can be read dramatically. Materials will be available in transliteration.

Bio: Since 2000, Ruthie Solomon has been teaching Yiddish  for Jewish community centers, synagogues and public adult education programs in the United States. She had the opportunity to teach Yiddish in the Ukraine during the summers of 1996-2000. Ruthie has a Bachelor of Jewish Literature from The Jewish Teachers Seminary and a Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University. 

Leyenkrayz (Reading Circle) for Beginners 1

Teacher: Dave Fried

Teacher: Dave Fried

Time: Monday-Thursday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. PDT (4:30 p.m. EDT, 9:30 p.m. in the U.K., 10:30 p.m. in most of Europe, 11:30 p.m. in Israel)

Description: This reading circle is designed for those who have just learned how to read in Yiddish, or for those who want to improve their reading skills. We will be reading the book “Yidishe kinder - alef,” which follows the life of fictitious school-age children Motl, Gitl, and Faygl. We will read and interpret the book together, learning the language and culture. This is a 100% no pressure, go-at-your-own-pace reading circle. No pain, much gain! To ensure a heymish (cozy) atmosphere, we aim to keep the class size small! Space is limited.

 

Bio: Dave Fried is a dedicated Yiddishist living in Chicago. He has learned Yiddish in Vilna, Lithuania as well as New York. He has been teaching Yiddish for almost two years – with a special focus on welcoming newcomers to the language. While not knee deep in Yiddish, he likes bike rides, cold noodles and Jewish punk rock.