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If you're looking for Yiddish language classes in Boston, you've come to the right place. Our instructors are passionate about Yiddish and are experienced educators. Whether you are a complete beginner or grew up speaking the language, we have a class that will accommodate you. Students cover a wide age range, from young adults to seniors. We offer classes in the fall and spring at up to four levels -- Beginners, Advanced Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. Students in doubt about their course level may contact an instructor to discuss.
LGBTQ & Young Adult Yiddish Class
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course offers an environment for young and/or queer people to get started in learning Yiddish. This class is intended for students who have no prior knowledge of Yiddish or want to refresh their beginner knowledge. We will going over the Yiddish alphabet and start constructing simple sentences. All materials will be provided by the instructor. Every class will feature songs and other media materials to give students a taste of Yiddish culture.
INSTRUCTOR: Khave Morales. Lina (Khave) Morales started learning Yiddish at the Workmen's Circle and is very excited to be able to sustain the language by teaching it. She was one of the live-in members of the former Boston Yiddish House and has been speaking Yiddish for for five years. Besides Yiddish, she teaches other subjects for a living, including math, statistics, and the history of Israel/Palestine.
The class will be in Jamaica Plain and run for 10 sessions, Sundays 1-2:30pm, beginning March 5th. You will receive the specific address after completing this form.
WINTER/SPRING 2017 YIDDISH LANGUAGE COURSES
14 evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., starting Tuesday, Jan. 31st (Advanced Beginner & Intermediate classes) & Wednesday, Feb. 1st (Beginner II & Advanced classes)
- Member: $230
- Non-member: $310
- Young adult/Low Income rates: Member $155 / Non-member $230
*No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact Liz if you need financial assistance.
Beginner II (Wed nights): This is a continuation of our fall beginner session. Newcomers who know the Yiddish alphabet and who can read and write simple sentences in the present tense are encouraged to join. Yiddish reading, conversation skills and grammar will be taught using a textbook, songs and other multi-media materials, to keep the class interactive and lively. Instructor: Max Edwards.
Intermediate (Tues nights): Students will build on their knowledge of Yiddish through reading and translating prose, poetry and songs, with opportunity to hear Yiddish music by popular artists. Various grammatical points will be highlighted and explained in context of material used. Students should be somewhat proficient in reading and comfortable using Yiddish dictionaries. Yiddish conversation will be part of each class. Instructor: Lillian Leavitt.
Advanced Level: Yiddish Literature (Wed nights): This course will cover some of Yiddish literature's best authors. We’ll read and discuss themes, characters and plots. English translations will be made available whenever possible to reduce excessive dictionary work. Discussions will be primarily in Yiddish with allowance for English when necessary. Fluency in reading required with an interest in developing greater speaking capacities. The curriculum will include grammar instruction in the context of the reading materials. Purchase of some books may be required. Instructor: Lillian Leavitt.
Lillian Shporer Leavitt, a daughter of Shoah survivors, grew up speaking Yiddish and was graduated from the Boston Workmen's Circle Yiddish shule. A former computer software trainer, she is an experienced Yiddish teacher and translator, having taught at the Workmen's Circle, Gann Academy of Greater Boston, Boston University, and Brandeis University, as well as subtitled Yiddish films for the National Center for Jewish Film.
Max Edwards earned his Masters in Theological Studies, in Jewish Studies, at Harvard Divinity School. He began studying Yiddish in the YIVO Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in New York City. Since then, he has spent time studying Yiddish and Yiddish culture on Yiddish Farm, at the Boston Workmen's Circle, and at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in Lithuania. He’s a veteran teacher at Boston Workmen’s Circle and has also taught at Temple B’nai B’rith.
Advanced Beginner & Intermediate: Tuesday nights
Beginner II & Advanced: Wednesday nights
►ONLINE: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
►BY CHECK: You can come in person the first day of classes with your check, or you can mail it. Make it out to "Boston Workmen’s Circle." Our mailing address is 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02445. Please be sure to indicate which class you’re interested in and include your address, phone, and email.