Intensive Yiddish Weekend for Intermediate and Advanced Students

Boston, MA (Newton Center)

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. (Shorter Friday to Sunday evening option available. Register by September 19.)
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 (
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.


Friday afternoon, October 31, 2014
  • Arrival
  • 6:30 Shabes dinner.
  • Breakfast 
  • Reading of weekly Torah portion in Yiddish and discussion
  • Poetry
  • Lunch
  • Saturday afternoon: Yiddish Literature
  • Free time/Walk
  • Dinner
  • Evening Program: Yiddish Music by the Fish Street Klezmer
  • Breakfast
  • Grammar and Literature
  • Lunch 
  • Grammar and Literature
  • Walk/Free time
  • Dinner
  • Evening Program: TBA
  • Film on Yiddish writer
  • Breakfast
  • Grammar and Literature
  • Departure 2 PM

Schedule and program subject to change.