YIVO Spring Yiddish Classes

All classes held at the YIVO Institute, 15 W. 16th St., NYC

Elementary Yiddish II

Eve Jochnowitz

THURSDAYS, FEBRUARY 20TH THROUGH APRIL 24, 2014 - 6:30 PM-8:30 PM (10 sessions)

This class will build fundamental communication and comprehension skills, based on speaking, listening, grammar excercises, and some reading and writing. Classes will be structured around conversation, songs, and interactive use of materials adapted from Yiddish literature and folklore. Taught in English.

Pre-requisites: Working knowledge of the Yiddish alphabet, or alef-beys; some previous knowledge of spoken Yiddish and its basic grammatical components.

To review the alef-beys, visit our online worksheet: http://yivo.org/max_weinreich/index.php?tid=57&aid=275.

Recommended: Yiddishpop.com

Required textbook: Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Vol. 1 by Sheva Zucker.

Eve Jochnowitz is a Yiddish instructor, and lecturer in Jewish Culinary History at Living Traditions Klezkamp. She recently completed a doctoral dissertation on the subject of Jewish culinary ethnography at New York University. She blogs in English and Yiddish at inmolaraan.blogspot.com and is the co-host with Rukhl Schaechter Ejdelman of Est Gezunterheyt!, a cooking show in Yiddish. She is the translator, annotator, and adapter of the forthcoming YIVO publication, Fania Lewando’s Vegetarian Cookbook, originally published in Vilna in 1938.

Intermediate Yiddish II

Paula Teitelbaum

MONDAYS, JANUARY 27-APRIL 7, 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM (10 sessions)

In this class, students will develop the four primary language acquisition skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. They will sharpen conversation skills and learn grammar communicatively through instructor feedback and repetition. To develop reading skills, students will read aloud from texts they prepare in advance. Students will bridge the gap between spoken and written language by listening; they will thus learn to group words in phrases, and to tackle the flexibility of Yiddish word order to comprehend meaning. Through reading, students are exposed to new vocabulary, idioms and grammatical structures as they develop speed and fluency. Taught in Yiddish.

Texts, provided by the instructor, range in genre from fables, stories, poems, memoirs, journalistic pieces, and songs, and include thematic curricula such as Purim and Passover materials. The website Yiddish.forward.com is often used for its variety of text and video materials.

Paula was born and raised in a Yiddish-speaking home in post-war Wroclaw. After immigrating to the United States in 1967, Paula became actively involved in New York City’s Yiddish-speaking circles. During her professional career Paula has taught Yiddish as well as Spanish and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) in a variety of settings, including college, and pre-K through high school and adult education classes. Using her TESOL background Paula has applied some of the most successful teaching methods into her Yiddish classrooms.

Advanced Yiddish: Literary Seminar - Yiddish Literature of World War I

Gennady Estraikh

TUESDAYS: FEBRUARY 25; MARCH 4; 11; 25; APRIL 1; 8. 6:30-8:30 PM

This seminar, taught in both Yiddish and English, will focus on close readings and contextual discussions of a series of literary fiction and non-fiction relating to the Jewish experience of World War I, moving from well-known authors to rarely read treasures. It will begin with the literature of Sholem Aleichem and Lamed Shapiro (2 sessions), following with excerpts from S. An-sky's diaries (1 session), Y. Krepliyak's 1927 Fun kazarme un milkhome (1 session), K. H. Heisherik's 1930 In fayer un blut (1 session), and J. Mestel's 1924 Milkhome-notitsn fun a yidishn ofitsir.

Born in Ukraine, Gennady Estraikh served as managing editor of the Moscow Yiddish literary journal Sovetish Heymland from 1988-91. In 1991, he moved to Oxford, England, where he received his doctorate and taught at the Oxford Institute of Yiddish Studies and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Since 2003 he has served as Associate Professor of Yiddish Studies at New York University. He is the author of In Harness: Yiddish Writers' Romance With Communism (2005) and Yiddish in the Cold War (2008), among other publications.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: CALL 212-294-8301 x5167, or email lfalk@yivo.cjh.org.

SPECIAL 2 for 1 OFFER: Sign up yourself and a friend for a Yiddish class and receive a joint discount! 2 for 1 Elementary: $150 each. 2 for 1 Advanced: $120 each.

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Tuition refund policy: YIVO can offer full tuition refunds up to and including the first class only. Students may elect to cancel registration or transfer levels only through the next business day following the first class session. Membership fees cannot be refunded.