Brukhim Ha-Bo’im!

Welcome!

YAAANA unites scholars, artists, activists, and anybody with an interest in Yiddish. Our mission is to expand awareness of the beauty and joy of Yiddishkeit and to preserve and advance the Yiddish language and culture within the US and worldwide. YAAANA offers family-friendly, low-cost Yiddish language classes, theater and song workshops, lectures, and Jewish holiday celebrations. We are rooted in the local San Diego County community, as well as the extended US and international community. Our growing team educates and entertains both virtually and in person. YAAANA has already become a trusted and popular destination for learning and engagement. The physical home for YAAANA will be Yiddishland—an immersive, shtetl-inspired, multigenerational residential community for Yiddish and non-Yiddish speakers alike. Yiddishland will offer an immersive Yiddish experience to local and international guests of all ages and backgrounds. Yiddishland will incorporate residential units and a living museum. The museum will teach the history of shtetlekh (small Jewish towns in Eastern Europe) as well as revive the cultural heritage of Yiddish-speaking California in an innovative way.