FALL 2022 Yiddish Classes

 Chicago YIVO Society is excited to offer three Yiddish classes online starting in October. Class descriptions can be found below, and you can register here.

These classes will be held online via Zoom.


Beginners Yiddish I-This class is full, please register to be added to waitlist

6:30pm - 8:00pm CST


10 sessions

October 20th to

December 29th

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Advanced Beginners Yiddish I


6:30pm - 8:00pm CST

10 sessions

October 19th to

December 28th

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Intermediate Yiddish III


6:30pm - 8:00pm CST

10 sessions

October 19th to 

December 28th

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Tuition rates for all courses are below. You will receive a link to make a payment at the time you complete registration, or you can pay here.

  • $200 full tuition

  • $135 reduced tuition

We also offer the Khane-Faygl Turtletaub Memorial Scholarship to cover full tuition for one student in need every semester. To apply for the scholarship, please email yiddishchicago@gmail.com

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

After you've registered for class, you'll receive information from the instructors a couple weeks before your first class regarding any needed materials. An English-Yiddish dictionary is always recommended, but not required. A great option is the Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary edited by Gitl Schaechter-Vishwanath and Paul Glaser.

Meet The Teachers


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. And she has has previously taught Beginner and Intermediate Yiddish for Yiddish Chicago.


Anye Koyfmentsh

Anye 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.