Yiddish for Intermediate Students

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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 intermediate students.

Price: $350

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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!

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Bio: Janina Wurbs studied Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, History and Socio-Linguistics in Potsdam (Germany) and St. Petersburg (Russia). She specialized in Yiddish Studies, delving into various facets of living and archived Yiddish culture – from spending more than a year with the poet and songwriter Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman to interning at New York’s YIVO (Jewish Research Institute) sound archive and touring through Brooklyn’s ultra orthodox Borough-Park. She has taught Yiddish language and culture at Potsdam and St. Petersburg Universities, the Yiddish Summer Weimar, the Birobidzhan and Warsaw Intensive Yiddish Summer Programs, and the St. Petersburg Jewish Community Center. She has worked for Yiddish Radio (in Poland) and published in Yiddish (“Forverts,” “Vayter,” “Di Tsukunft,” “Afn Shvel,” “Yugntruf,” “Dos bletele”). She is currently working on her PhD dissertation on sound histories of the Shoah.

Intermediate Yiddish Class

Intermediate Yiddish Class

Teacher: Janina Wurbs

Time:

Mondays (June 7, 14), Tuesdays (June 8, 15), and Thursdays (June 10, 17): 10-11:30 a.m. PDT  (1 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. in the U.K., 7 p.m. in most of Europe, 8 p.m. in Israel)

Wednesdays (June 9, 16): 1:15-2:45 p.m. PDT (4:15 p.m. EDT, 9:15 p.m. in the U.K., 10:15 p.m. in most of Europe, 11:15 p.m. in Israel)

Description: In this intensive intermediate language course, we will use Yiddish theater themed sources for studying Yiddish, such as Yiddish theater posters, songs, dialogues and videos, and we will discover and use grammatical features according to the needs of the students attending (for example, past and future tenses in Yiddish; declension of nouns and adjectives, gender, words designating place, posing questions).

Shmues Class for Intermediate Students

Teacher: Ekaterina Kuznetsova

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

Description:  In this Intermediate Shmues Course, we will work on conversation skills and will activate and enrich our vocabulary. We will have discussions and word games. The material that we will use will include music, videos, and modern texts in Yiddish.

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Bio: Ekaterina Kuznetsova was born in Moscow where she studied Literature, Pedagogics, and Religious Studies. In 2016, she graduated from the MA program in Yiddish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She currently lives in Berlin, where she co-founded the initiative Yiddish.Berlin – a group of artists and activists that organizes cultural events involving Yiddish literature and culture. She is a regular contributor to In Geveb journal

Nina Warnke

Bio: Originally from Germany, Nina became fascinated with Yiddish culture while an undergraduate student in the US. She received her Ph.D. in Yiddish Studies from Columbia University and has published widely on the history of Yiddish theater. She has served as both director of and instructor at YIVO’s Uriel Weinreich Yiddish Summer Program and has been teaching Yiddish Studies at Indiana University, the University of Texas at Austin and Gratz College.

 

Leyenkrayz (Reading Circle) for Intermediate Students

Teacher: Nina Warnke

Time: Monday-Thursday, 12-1 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: We will read Mark Arnstein’s first published play, the one-act Dos eybike lid (The Eternal Song), which depicts the life of poor laborers. The play premiered in Riga in 1905. Arnstein belonged to a circle of writers, actors, and activists, including I. L. Peretz, Esther-Rokhl Kaminska, and others who tried to establish a literary Yiddish stage. A consummate theater professional, he also worked with Polish and Russian theaters, served as the first director of the Hebrew theater Habima in the Soviet Union, and directed Yiddish troupes in the US and South America.

 

Intermediate Yiddish Class

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Teacher: Janina Wurbs

Time:

Mondays (June 7, 14), Tuesdays (June 8, 15), and Thursdays (June 10, 17): 10-11:30 a.m. PDT  (1 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. in the U.K., 7 p.m. in most of Europe, 8 p.m. in Israel)

Wednesdays (June 9, 16): 1:15-2:45 p.m. PDT (4:15 p.m. EDT, 9:15 p.m. in the U.K., 10:15 p.m. in most of Europe, 11:15 p.m. in Israel)

Description: In this intensive intermediate language course, we will use Yiddish theater themed sources for studying Yiddish, such as Yiddish theater posters, songs, dialogues and videos, and we will discover and use grammatical features according to the needs of the students attending (for example, past and future tenses in Yiddish; declension of nouns and adjectives, gender, words designating place, posing questions).

Bio: Janina Wurbs studied Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, History and Socio-Linguistics in Potsdam (Germany) and St. Petersburg (Russia). She specialized in Yiddish Studies, delving into various facets of living and archived Yiddish culture – from spending more than a year with the poet and songwriter Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman to interning at New York’s YIVO (Jewish Research Institute) sound archive and touring through Brooklyn’s ultra orthodox Borough-Park. She has taught Yiddish language and culture at Potsdam and St. Petersburg Universities, the Yiddish Summer Weimar, the Birobidzhan and Warsaw Intensive Yiddish Summer Programs, and the St. Petersburg Jewish Community Center. She has worked for Yiddish Radio (in Poland) and published in Yiddish (“Forverts,” “Vayter,” “Di Tsukunft,” “Afn Shvel,” “Yugntruf,” “Dos bletele”). She is currently working on her PhD dissertation on sound histories of the Shoah.

Shmues Class for Intermediate Students

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Teacher: Ekaterina Kuznetsova

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

Description:  In this Intermediate Shmues Course, we will work on conversation skills and will activate and enrich our vocabulary. We will have discussions and word games. The material that we will use will include music, videos, and modern texts in Yiddish.

Bio: Ekaterina Kuznetsova was born in Moscow where she studied Literature, Pedagogics, and Religious Studies. In 2016, she graduated from the MA program in Yiddish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She currently lives in Berlin, where she co-founded the initiative Yiddish.Berlin – a group of artists and activists that organizes cultural events involving Yiddish literature and culture. She is a regular contributor to In Geveb journal

Leyenkrayz (Reading Circle) for Intermediate Students

Nina Warnke

Teacher: Nina Warnke

Time: Monday-Thursday, 12-1 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: We will read Mark Arnstein’s first published play, the one-act Dos eybike lid (The Eternal Song), which depicts the life of poor laborers. The play premiered in Riga in 1905. Arnstein belonged to a circle of writers, actors, and activists, including I. L. Peretz, Esther-Rokhl Kaminska, and others who tried to establish a literary Yiddish stage. A consummate theater professional, he also worked with Polish and Russian theaters, served as the first director of the Hebrew theater Habima in the Soviet Union, and directed Yiddish troupes in the US and South America.

Bio: Originally from Germany, Nina became fascinated with Yiddish culture while an undergraduate student in the US. She received her Ph.D. in Yiddish Studies from Columbia University and has published widely on the history of Yiddish theater. She has served as both director of and instructor at YIVO’s Uriel Weinreich Yiddish Summer Program and has been teaching Yiddish Studies at Indiana University, the University of Texas at Austin and Gratz College.