Yiddish Events


Trip to the New England Aquarium in Yiddish

Sunday, October 26 at 3:30 pm

New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA
Come join fellow Yiddish speakers and students for a trip to the New England Aquarium af yidish! We will explore the aquarium's exhibits and learn some marine-related Yiddish vocabulary, such as pingvin (penguin) yam-hunt (seal), and akhtfus (octopus). Meet at 3:30 by the benches in the aquarium lobby. Yiddish speakers of all ages and levels are welcome.
Aquarium ticket pricing can be found here. We will also have a number of free tickets available. If you would like to request free tickets, or if you have any other questions, please contact Lily Weitzman at lweitzman@coa.edu.


Intensive Weekend for Intermediate and Advanced Students

with Dr. Sheva Zucker and Lillian Shporer Leavitt

October 31 – November 3, 2014
Dr. Sheva Zucker, in conjunction with Boston Workmen's Circle, will be offering an intensive Yiddish weekend for intermediate and advanced Yiddish students. This will be a total immersion experience with two of the foremost Yiddish teachers in America—Sheva Zucker and Lillian Leavitt. The weekend will consist of grammar, conversation and readings from Yiddish literature. (The exact curriculum will be decided based on the applicants.)
Tentative readings include stories by Sholem Aleichem, Rokhl Faygenberg, Yechiel Shraybman, Tsvi Eisenman, poetry by Itzik Manger and others. Click here for a more detailed tentative schedule.
When: Friday evening, October 31, 2014 through Monday, November 3,  2 P.M. 
Shorter Friday to Sunday evening option available. Register by September 19.
Where: Boston, MA (Newton Center)
Cost: $285: Friday to Monday; $230: Friday to Sunday.
Price includes the following meals:
  • Friday night dinner
  • Breakfast: Saturday, Sunday, Monday
  • Bagel Plus lunch: Saturday and Sunday
  • Snack: Monday
A number of low budget room available at the nearby Andover Newton Theological School/Hebrew College: $55 a night, $45 (no bedding). Some home hospitality may be available.
For information and registration: Contact Sheva Zucker (sczucker@aol.com)
Deadline: September 19, 2014
Dr. Sheva Zucker has taught Yiddish language and literature on five continents. She is the author of the textbook Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vols. I & II. She has taught Yiddish and Yiddish Literature in the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, currently under the auspices of Bard College and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research for many years. She taught Yiddish and Jewish literature at Duke University. She served as the director of the Naomi Kadar International Yiddish Teacher Training Seminar held in Maryland in 2013 and 2011. Currently she is the Executive Director of the League for Yiddish and the editor of its magazine Afn Shvel. Her research and translations focus mostly on women in Yiddish literature. She was, for several years,  the Translation Editor of the Pakn Treger, the magazine of the National Yiddish Book Center. Teaching Yiddish is her greatest pleasure.
Lillian Shporer Leavitt, a daughter of Shoah survivors, grew up speaking Yiddish and graduated from the Boston Workmen's Circle Yiddish shule. A former systems analyst and software trainer, she is anexperienced Yiddish teacher and translator who has taught at the Workmen's Circle, Gann Academy of Greater Boston, Boston University, and Brandeis University. She has subtitled several Yiddish films restored by the National Center for Jewish Film and is currently working on a restored version of Molly Picon's Yidl Mitn Fidl.


Yiddish Concert featuring Fish Street Klezmer and Mira Kessler

Saturday, November 1 at 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of Yidddish tunes! See flyer below for details.

Lecture Series

For those who are ready for a challenge, we offer a series of lectures -- in Yiddish -- on a wide variety of historical, academic, and cultural topics. The lecture series draws on local experts as well as guest speakers from around the country. 

Recent lectures include: 

Boris Sandler Presents his New Film: Boris Sandler, editor of the Yiddish Forward, prolific Yiddish writer and filmmaker, will show his new documentary film featuring  Yosl Birshtein, a writer of Yiddish stories set in Jerusalem. The film has English subtitles. Boris will introduce the film.  Q & A in Yiddish, English, Russian. 

Emanuel Ringelblum, Historian of the Warsaw Ghetto:  In observance of the 68th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in April, 1943, Professor Sam Kassow of Trinity University will speak about the remarkable work of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Group in documenting life in the Warsaw Ghetto. Kassow is the author of Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive (2007). He is an authority on Eastern European Jewish history and a fascinating speaker. Q and A in Yiddish and English.