Winter 2021 Yiddish Classes

Yiddish Chicago, a joint effort of Chicago YIVO Society and the Chicago Workers Circle, is excited to offer three Yiddish classes online starting in January

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Yiddish Chicago is moving classes to an online (Zoom) platform.

Beginners Yiddish II

Thursdays
7:00pm - 8:30pm

January 21 to April 15th
(no class February 25th)

Beginners Yiddish II is open to students who completed Beginners Yiddish with Noah in the fall or by instructor's permission. This class will focus on basic conversation, grammar, and vocabulary using the book Yiddish Volume 1 by Sheva Zucker.

Teacher:

Noah (Noyekh) Barrera 

Advanced Beginners Yiddish II

Wednesdays
6:30pm - 8:00pm

January 20th to April 14th

(no class February 24th)


This class is open to students who completed Advaned Beginners with Benna in the fall 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. 

Teacher:

 

Benna Kessler

Intermediate Yiddish II

Thursdays

6:30pm - 8:00pm

January 21 to April 15th

(no class February 25th)

This class is open to students who completed Intermediate Yiddish with Annie in the fall or by instructor's permission. This class is taught almost entirely in Yiddish, and will build on 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).

Teacher:

Annie (Anye) Kaufman (Koyfmentsh)

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

Meet The Teachers

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.   

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. 

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. 


Annie Kaufman (Anye Koyfmentsh)

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