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Winter 2024 Yiddish Classes

Chicago YIVO Society is pleased to offer winter sessions of our three Yiddish classes online starting in January. Each class meets 12 times. Tuition is $205 (or a reduced rate of $140.) Class descriptions can be found below, and you can register here.
These classes will be held online via Zoom and require stable internet access, facility with online technology, and the textbooks mentioned below.

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Yiddish Class, Beginner 2

Thursdays
6:30pm - 8:00pm CST

 

12 sessions

January 25 through

April 11, 2024

This is a fun, serious, and dynamic group course using the newly published In Eynem textbook, which encourages conversation, self-expression, and contemporary usage. We will start in chapter 2, with an expectation that students have good control of reading, writing, and getting-to-know-you type conversational skills.

Anye Koyfmentsh has been learning Yiddish for 20 years, and teaching for 5. She trained as a Yiddish teacher through the Yiddish Book Center, and as a Talmud teacher through Svara. As an enthusiastic member of a vibrant Yiddish speaking community,  she is eager to include more people so they can make their own friendships, art, and relationships with Yiddish. She translated the Yiddish novel Your Comrade, Avreml Broide, which will be released in 2024.

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Yiddish class, advanced beginner 2

Tuesdays
6:30pm - 8:00pm CST

 

12 sessions

January 23 through

April 9, 2024

This is a continuation of the Advanced Beginners course that ran in the fall. We will explore more conversation, literature, and music, and continue our study in In Eynem, with a review of chapter 5 section א.

Anye Koyfmentsh has been learning Yiddish for 20 years, and teaching for 5. She trained as a Yiddish teacher through the Yiddish Book Center, and as a Talmud teacher through Svara. As an enthusiastic member of a vibrant Yiddish speaking community,  she is eager to include more people so they can make their own friendships, art, and relationships with Yiddish. She translated the Yiddish novel Your Comrade, Avreml Broide, which will be released in 2024.

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Yiddish class, intermediate 2

Wednesdays
6:30pm - 8:00pm CST

 

12 sessions

January 24 through

April 10, 2024

This is a continuation of the Advanced Beginners course that ran in the fall. We will be using Sheva Zucker's book Yiddish: An Introduction to the language, literature, and culture, Volume I, starting at chapter 11A, and Sholem Aleichem's Motl Peyse dem Khasns, in the learner's edition.

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.

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Tuition

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.

  • $205 full tuition

  • $140 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 at yiddishchicago@gmail.com

Course Materials

Course materials are referenced in class descriptions. An English-Yiddish dictionary is always strongly recommended, but not required. A great option is the Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary edited by Gitl Schaechter-Vishwanath and Paul Glaser.

Please be in touch with the instructors for guidance about prerequisites and how to prepare to join a class.

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