Beginner II & Advanced Beginner Yiddish Classes

6 Webster St. Brookline, MA 02446


at Workmen’s Circle, 6 Webster Street, Brookline

11 evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., starting Feb. 4  (Tuesday classes) 

Beginner 2 (Tues nights):  Continue to learn conversation skills, how to read Yiddish, and elementary grammar. The class will be interactive and lively, using a textbook, songs, games, films and other multi-media materials. Level:  This course is intended for students who took the fall Beginner class at Boston Workers Circle or newcomers who have learned some basics in another setting.

Instructor: Jonah Sidman.

Advanced Beginner (Tues nights): In this course, we'll focus on increasing comfort with the basic grammar of Yiddish and with fluency speaking & reading, through use of a textbook, conversation, reading, games, and music. Along the way, you'll learn more about the culture and history of the Ashkenazi Jewish people. By the end of the course, students will be able to read short texts in Yiddish with the help of a dictionary. Extra resources for how to get connected with the contemporary world of Yiddish speakers will be included.
 LevelStudents should already be able to read, write, and speak simple sentences in Yiddish and be willing to stretch to learn to read & write short texts in Yiddish and do short oral presentations in class.
Instructor: Abby Howell.



Abby Howell learned to speak Yiddish while she was a student at the University of Texas at Austin, and continued her study at the National Yiddish Book Center's summer internship program, at YIVO's intensive Weinreich Summer Program in New York, and at the Boston Workers Circle. Abby has a M.Ed. in Education of the Deaf from Boston University, and is currently a software engineer at Wistia. This is her fifth year teaching Yiddish at Boston Workers Circle. 

Jonah Sidman is native of Brooklyn and a graduate of Oberlin College. He is an educator at the Museum of Science and at Boston Workers Circle's children's shule.  He can often be found fiddling for American or Irish folk dances all over the East Coast, and speaking/singing in Yiddish locally. Having studied Yiddish at Boston Workers Circle, he's pleased to now share his knowledge with new students.  


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