Yiddish Classes

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.


11 evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Starting Monday, January 28 (Beginner II, Adv. Beginner, & Advanced classes) 

& Tuesday, January 29 (Intermediate classes)



  • Member: $180
  • Non-member: $245
  • Young adult/Low Income rates: Member $125 / Non-member $180

*No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact Sandy if you need financial assistance. 

Beginner II (Mon nights): This is a continuation of our fall Beginner Session. Newcomers who already know the Yiddish alef-beys, basic Yiddish grammar such as the present tense, and some basic vocabulary are encouraged to join. A textbook, songs, games, films and other multi-media materials will be used, to keep the class interactive and lively. 
Instructor:  Gabe Miner

Advanced Beginner (Mon nights): Designed for students who already have some elementary Yiddish reading, writing and speaking, this course will help you build conversational vocabulary, strengthen your grammar and develop reading skills. In addition to use of a textbook, students in this interactive class will also read simpleshort stories & poems, practice speaking, play games, and sing Yiddish songs.
Instructor:  Rachelle Grossman

Intermediate (Tues nights): Students will build on their knowledge of Yiddish through grammatical exercises, reading prose and poetry, and listening to Yiddish music. Participants 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 (Mon 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


Rachelle Grossman is currently a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard University where her research looks at Yiddish literature in Latin America. She has studied Yiddish around the world at a number of different institutions, including the Centre for Yiddish Culture in Warsaw, the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in Lithuania, and the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. She holds a master's degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. 

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.

Gabe Miner is a Jewish educator who currently works with Jewish teens on the North Shore and has experience working at Jewish summer camps. He holds a masters degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminar, where he studied Yiddish language and culture.  He has also studied Yiddish at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Workmen's Circle in Boston and New York.  He is currently a Pedagogy Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center.



Classes run for 11 weeks, starting the week of January 28, 2019.

Beginner Ii, Advanced Beginner, Advanced: Monday nights 

Intermediate: Tuesday nights


►ONLINE: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/BostonWorkmensCircle/Spring2019.html

►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.