LEARN YIDDISH IN CHICAGO!

In response to current health concerns regarding Coronavirus, Yiddish Chicago is moving classes to an online (Zoom) platform.

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Yiddish Chicago, a joint effort of The Chicago YIVO Society (http://www.chicagoyivo.org/) and Chicago Workers Circle (https://circlechicago.org/), is excited to announce that registration has opened for for three online Yiddish courses this fall. 

Beginners Yiddish

Please note this class requires prior knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet. If you would like resources to learn the alphabet prior to the class start, please get in touch!. This class will focus on basic conversation, grammar, and vocabulary using the book Yiddish Volume 1 by Sheva Zucker. Register for this class here

Date and Time: Thursdays from 7 PM to 8:30 PM, October 10th to December 10th (no class October 22th and November 26th). 

Teacher: Noah (Noyekh) Barrera. Noah, known by his students as Reb Noyekh, has taught and coordinated Yiddish language and culture classes in major programs in NYC. He studied and subsequently taught Yiddish at the esteemed Uriel Weinreich Summer Program. He coordinated and taught in the Worker's Circle Yiddish language program. In addition to his teaching, Reb Noyekh is a Yiddish writer and translator. His works have appeared in the Yiddish Daily Forward, Pakn Treger, and elsewhere. His translation, together with Professor Nathaniel Deutsch, of Abraham Rechtman's memoirs of Sh. An-sky's ethnographic expedition in 1912, will soon be published by Indiana University. Listen to a Yiddish interview with him here.   

Advanced Beginners Yiddish

This class is open to students who completed Beginners Yiddish taught by Dave (Avi) Fried in the spring or by instructor's permission. This class will continue on conversational Yiddish, grammar, and vocabulary taught in the spring using the textbook Yiddish Volume 1 by Sheva Zucker. Students will also learn Yiddish songs and poems. Register for this class here

Dates and Time: Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM,  October 9th to December 9th (no class October 21st and November 25th). 

Teacher: Benna Kessler. Benna grew up speaking Yiddish at home with her mother. She has studied Yiddish at the YIVO Intensive Yiddish Summer Program and, most recently, at the Maison de la Culture Yiddish in Paris. She has attended the annual Yugntruf Yidish Vokh every year since she was two (this year sadly via Zoom), and has taught beginner Yiddish for Yiddish Chicago twice. 

Intermediate Yiddish

This class is open to students who completed Advanced Beginners Yiddish taught by Annie (Anye) Kaufman in the spring or by instructor's permission. This class is taught almost entirely in Yiddish, and will build on the conversational Yiddish, grammar, and vocabulary taught in the spring using the textbook Yiddish Volume 1 by Sheva Zucker. Students will also read from the book Motl Peyse (Motl the Cantor's Son) by Sholem Aleichem (can be purchased here). Register for this class here

Dates and time: Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 PM, September 10th to December 10th (no class October 22nd and November 26th). 

Teacher: Annie (Anye) Kaufman (Koyfmentsh). Annie began formal Yiddish studies 20 years ago at the Uriel Weinreich YIVO Summer Program where she learned under Naomi Kadar z''l and Rivke Margolis. She spent a year in Chisinau, Moldova as Yechiel Shraybman's z''l last private Yiddish student. Through Yugntruf, she studied with Yankl Peretz Blum and then served as the coordinator of Yiddish Vokh for 5 years. 

Tuition for All Classes

If you signed up for the class via the registration form, you will receive an email prior to the class starting regarding instructions to pay electronically or send a check. Below are tuition rates:

$180 full tuition

$130 reduced tuition (guideline is $40k or less in household income.)

No student is turned away for inability to pay, to arrange an alternative payment plan please write to us separately at yiddishchicago@gmail.com

Course Materials

All classes use the book Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture, Vol 1 by Sheva Zucker. We are aware there is currently limited availability of this book online, and we are working to find copies for students to purchase. We will update students who register for the class on this closer to the start of classes.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding classes or to learn which class might be the best fit for you. 

 

!זײַט געזונט

Yiddish Chicago

(Tom Ledford, Alexandra Corwin, and Shifra Whiteman)

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