YIVO Fall Yiddish Classes

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

Advanced Elementary Yiddish

Eve Jochnowitz

THURSDAYS, OCTOBER 30-DECEMBER 29, 2014 - 7:00 PM-9:00 PM (10 sessions)

YIVO Members $250 (join today for $54); Non-Members $325

This course will improve fluency and comprehension for students who have completed a semester of Yiddish for basic beginners or have a grasp of the Yiddish alphabet, and basic grammar and vocabulary. Students will gain skills in speaking, understanding, reading , and writing using traditional and contemporary materials.

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

Required textbook: Yiddish by Sheva Zucker, plus materials provided by the instructor.

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

Paula Teitelbaum

MONDAYS, OCTOBER 27-DECEMBER 29, 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM (10 sessions)

YIVO Members $250 (join today for $54); Non-Members $325

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 Seminar
Yerusholayim d’lite: a kurs in kulturgeshikhte un literatur

Josh Karlip

MONDAYS, OCTOBER 27-DECEMBER 1, 2014 6:15-7:45 PM

YIVO Members $225 (join today for $54); Non-Members $300

East European Jews referred to Vilna as "the Jerusalem of Lithuania." This course will explore the cultural and literary history of Vilna Jewry from the middle of the eighteenth century through the Holocaust. The following will serve as the course's principle themes: traditional rabbinic culture, the battle between Hasidim and Mitnagdim, the Mussar Movement, the Haskalah, Zionism, Jewish socialism, Orthodoxy, the rise of modern Yiddish culture, and cultural life in the Vilna Ghetto during the Holocaust. As a textbook for the course, we will use Jerold Frakes' Jerusalem of Lithuania: A Reader in Yiddish Cultural History. Our careful analysis of the sources in this book will expose students to the main currents of the cultural history of Vilna Jewry even as it will enhance their ability to read Yiddish literary texts.

Mizrekh-eyropeyishe yidn hobn gerufn vilne "yerusholoyim d'lite". Der klas vet oysforshn di kulturele un literarishe geshikhte fun vilner yidntum fun dem mitendikn akhtsentn yorhundert bizn khurbn. Ot veln zayn in hoypt temes funem kurs: traditsionele rabonishe kultur, der kamf tsivshn khsidim un misnagdim, di muser bavegung, di haskole, tsionizm, yidishe sotsializm, di ortodoksiye, di oyfkum fun der moderner yidisher kultur, un dos kulturele lebn in vilner geto beshasn khurbn. Vi a lernbukh veln mir nitsn Yerusholoyim d'lite: Di yidishe kultur in der lite fun Jerold C. Frakes. Undzer analiz fun di mekoyrim in dem bukh vet say araynfirn di studentn tsu der kultureler geshikhte fun vilner yidtntum say farbesern zeyer feyikeyt tsu leyenen literarishe yidishe tektstn.

Dr. Joshua M. Karlip is Associate Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University. He teaches both undergraduate survey courses in Medieval and Modern Jewish History and graduate seminars in East European Jewish History. Karlip received his PhD in Jewish History from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2006. His book, The Tragedy of a Generation: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Nationalisn in Eastern Europe, was published by Harvard University Press in 2013. He is currently working on a new book project entitled, Oyfn Sheydveg, At the Crossroads: Jewish Intellectuals and the Crisis of 1939. This book, part of the Academy Project at the Simon Dubnow Institute in Leipzig, will provide a critical edition of the 1939 Yiddish journal, Oyfn Sheydveg, together with an introduction and a full English translation and annotation of the texts.


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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.

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