“My task is not to debate whether I’m a Jew or not, but to figure out what kind of Jew I am. For me, finding a secular Jewish community with progressive politics fits my version of that identity.”
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.
Spring 2015 YIDDISH LANGUAGE COURSES
12 evenings, starting February 3rd and 4th (Tuesday and Wednesday classes), 7:30-9pm
- Member: $195
- Non-member: $265
- Special Young adult rates (under 30 yr old): Member $120 / Non-member $180
►ONLINE: Click here to use our online form.
►BY CHECK: You can come in person the first day of classes with your check or 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.
Beginner (Tues. nights): Learn Yiddish reading, conversation skills and elementary grammar. This course will suit you whether you’re totally new to Yiddish or if you already know a few basics. Students who don't yet know the alphabet will be asked to come to class a half hour early for the first few sessions. A textbook, songs, games, films and other multi-media materials will be used.
Beginner, part II (Tues nights): This is a continuation of our fall beginner session. Newcomers who can read and write simple sentences in the present tense with the Yiddish alphabet are encouraged to join. Yiddish reading, conversation skills and grammar will be taught using a textbook, songs and other multi-media materials.
Intermediate (Tues nights): Students will build on their knowledge of Yiddish through reading texts, learning songs, conversing, and studying aspects of Yiddish grammar. Reading materials (with glossaries), songs, and other learning materials will be provided. Students should be somewhat proficient in reading and speaking Yiddish, and comfortable using Yiddish dictionaries.
Advanced Reading and Writing Group (Wed. nights): This is a course for those with Yiddish reading fluency who want to enhance their writing and speaking abilities. Using selected pieces of Yiddish literature, the curriculum will start with simple factual discussions, and evolve to conceptual, nuanced writing and conversation.
Max Edwards is an MTS candidate at Harvard Divinity School in Jewish Studies. Max began studying Yiddish at the YIVO Uriel Weinreich Sumer Program in New York City. Since then, he has spent time studying Yiddish language and culture at Yiddish Farm, at the Boston Workmen's Circle, and most recently at Vilnius Yiddish Institute at Vilnius, Lithuania.
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 restored by the National Center for Jewish Film.
Lily Weitzman took her first Yiddish class at the Boston Workmen's Circle and has gone on to study the language at the Yiddish Book Center, Yiddish Farm, and YIVO Summer Program. An aspiring archivist, Lily works for the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project.