Yiddish for Advanced Students

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We are happy to announce our intensive autumn program, coming up this October. Though we are still hosting our program via distance learning, our team is bringing you an amazing lineup of Yiddish classes, activities, and theater programs.

This package includes eight sessions of a 90 min. language class, eight sessions of a 60 min. conversation class, and eight sessions of a 60 min. reading circle for advanced students

Price: $350 for general admission, $325 for early bird registration (until Sep. 20) and $315 for students with a valid ID (until Sep. 20)

Keep in mind that all classes and workshops will take place online via Zoom.

Let us awaken your Yiddish soul this fall!

Sheva Zucker at yoyvl 1

Sheva Zucker’s Bio: Dr. Sheva Zucker is the author of the textbooks Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vols. I & II. She has taught and lectured on Yiddish language, literature, and culture on five continents and has taught Yiddish for many years in the Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, currently under the auspices of Bard College and the YIVO Institute in NYC. She served as the executive director of the League for Yiddish and the editor of its magazine Afn Shvel from 2005 to 2020. Her research and translations focus mostly on women in Yiddish literature.

Intermediate Yiddish Class

Advanced Yiddish Class

Teachers: Sheva Zucker and Rafael Goldwaser

Time: Monday-Thursday, 8-9:30 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT, 4 p.m. in the U.K., 5 p.m. in most of Europe, 6 p.m. in Israel)

Description: There is nothing more dramatic than the life of an individual. In this course we will read autobiographical writings, choosing from the memoirs of both male and female memoirists such as Yekhezkl Kotik, Shmerke Kaczerginski, Gina Medem, Kadye Molodowsky Puah Rakovski, and others, ranging from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Grammar to be studied will be drawn from these writings. 

 

Shmues Class for Advanced Students

Teacher: Miriam Isaacs

Time: Monday-Thursday, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. PDT (3 p.m. EDT, 8 p.m. in the U.K., 9 p.m. in most of Europe, 10 p.m. in Israel)

Description: In this eight session advanced shmues course, students will first read poems by Yiddish poet and short story writer Rokhl Korn (1898-1986), and then discuss the various contexts in which she wrote these poems, including the history of Poland, the USSR, and Sweden. In the latter sessions, students will practice gossiping in colloquial Yiddish using folk expressions. Students will also talk about Yiddish theater. We will learn about the origins of the purimshpil, dramas of the haskalah, Avrom Goldfadn, shund, Jacob Gordin, art theater, Soviet Yiddish theater, and comedy. This class will be conducted entirely in Yiddish. 

Miriam Isaacs

Bio: Miriam Isaacs is a scholar, writer, translator, and educator specializing in Yiddish language and culture. She is a native Yiddish speaker and has taught Yiddish courses at the University of Maryland and lectured internationally. Dr. Isaacs has given lectures and workshops for Yiddish New York, UC Berkeley, the Library of Congress, the Jewish Genealogical Society, among others.

Daniel Galay

Bio: Daniel Galay was born in Buenos Aires and has lived in Israel  since 1965. He writes poetry, plays, and texts for music-theater in Hebrew and Yiddish, and libretti for operas.  He is chairman of the Association of Yiddish writers and Journalists in Israel and is an expert in Yiddish Intonation.

 

Leyenkrayz (Reading Circle) for Advanced Students

Teacher: Daniel Galay

Time:Monday-Thursday, 10-11 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. in the U.K., 7 p.m. in most of Europe, 8 p.m. in Israel)

Description: This course is based on the books by Daniel Galay, "The Muses are not Silence" (Leyvik-Publishing House, 2021) and "In Shpas, in Ernst un in Tsvish," that include short plays for small casts: dramatic plays, humoristic plays, and romantic plays. These plays depict contemporary society presenting a wide range of styles with an universal message. Participants will read these works, clarify vocabulary, and comment on the significance of their plots. Yiddish fluency in reading is required. It is recommended, but not required, that students purchase Daniel Galay’s book "In Shpas, in Ernst un in Tsvishn, Satires un kleynkunst-shafungen." To purchase the book, click here.

Advanced Yiddish Class

Sheva Zucker at yoyvl 1

Teachers: Sheva Zucker and Rafael Goldwaser

Time: Monday-Thursday, 8-9:30 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT, 4 p.m. in the U.K., 5 p.m. in most of Europe, 6 p.m. in Israel)

Description: There is nothing more dramatic than the life of an individual. In this course we will read autobiographical writings, choosing from the memoirs of both male and female memoirists such as Yekhezkl Kotik, Shmerke Kaczerginski, Gina Medem, Kadye Molodowsky Puah Rakovski, and others, ranging from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Grammar to be studied will be drawn from these writings. 

Sheva Zucker’s Bio: Dr. Sheva Zucker is the author of the textbooks Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vols. I & II. She has taught and lectured on Yiddish language, literature, and culture on five continents and has taught Yiddish for many years in the Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, currently under the auspices of Bard College and the YIVO Institute in NYC. She served as the executive director of the League for Yiddish and the editor of its magazine Afn Shvel from 2005 to 2020. Her research and translations focus mostly on women in Yiddish literature.

Intermediate Yiddish Class

Shmues Class for Advanced Students

Miriam Isaacs

Teacher: Miriam Isaacs

Time: Monday-Thursday, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. PDT (3 p.m. EDT, 8 p.m. in the U.K., 9 p.m. in most of Europe, 10 p.m. in Israel)

Description: In this eight session advanced shmues course, students will first read poems by Yiddish poet and short story writer Rokhl Korn (1898-1986), and then discuss the various contexts in which she wrote these poems, including the history of Poland, the USSR, and Sweden. In the latter sessions, students will practice gossiping in colloquial Yiddish using folk expressions. Students will also talk about Yiddish theater. We will learn about the origins of the purimshpil, dramas of the haskalah, Avrom Goldfadn, shund, Jacob Gordin, art theater, Soviet Yiddish theater, and comedy. This class will be conducted entirely in Yiddish. 

Bio: Miriam Isaacs is a scholar, writer, translator, and educator specializing in Yiddish language and culture. She is a native Yiddish speaker and has taught Yiddish courses at the University of Maryland and lectured internationally. Dr. Isaacs has given lectures and workshops for Yiddish New York, UC Berkeley, the Library of Congress, the Jewish Genealogical Society, among others.

Leyenkrayz (Reading Circle) for Advanced Students

Daniel Galay

Teacher: Daniel Galay

Time: Monday-Thursday, 10-11 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. in the U.K., 7 p.m. in most of Europe, 8 p.m. in Israel)

Description: This course is based on the books by Daniel Galay, "The Muses are not Silence" (Leyvik-Publishing House, 2021) and "In Shpas, in Ernst un in Tsvish," that include short plays for small casts: dramatic plays, humoristic plays, and romantic plays. These plays depict contemporary society presenting a wide range of styles with an universal message. Participants will read these works, clarify vocabulary, and comment on the significance of their plots. Yiddish fluency in reading is required. It is recommended, but not required, that students purchase Daniel Galay’s book "In Shpas, in Ernst un in Tsvishn, Satires un kleynkunst-shafungen." To purchase the book, click here.

Bio: Daniel Galay was born in Buenos Aires and has lived in Israel  since 1965. He writes poetry, plays, and texts for music-theater in Hebrew and Yiddish, and libretti for operas.  He is chairman of the Association of Yiddish writers and Journalists in Israel and is an expert in Yiddish Intonation.