Registration open

**REGISTRATION NOW OPEN**

Yes! The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! Everything is ready so get your places while they’re hot – only 8 places per class. Information on how to pay can be found here. More info about course content can be found at the tabs for each subject on this website.

YIDDISH with Vivi: Term dates, as well as the number and frequency of classes will depend on how many people sign up. Looks like we’ll have Beginners and Intermediate classes fortnightly, on Monday evenings near Baker Street. Register here. Please register again even if you have already been taking classes with Vivi this year.

ARABIC with Rasha: 6-8pm on Thursdays; 1st October – 13th December (11 weeks, with one week off for half term) at 88 Fleet Street, central London. Register here.

HEBREW with Tali: Sunday evenings 6- 8pm; 20th September – 13th December (12 weeks, with one week off for half term on 1st November) at The Common House, Bethnal Green. Register here.

BATMITZVAH with Tali and Joseph: Sunday evenings 8- 10pm; 20th September – 13th December (12 weeks, with one week off for half term on 1st November) at The Common House, Bethnal Green. Date of ceremony to be confirmed. Register here.

ESOL: Being worked out separately to paid classes. Please be in touch for more info or to be involved babelsblessing@gmail.com

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How to pay for your class

So, you’ve decided what language(s) you want to delve into. That’s great! Now it’s time for some exciting admin too. You can pay for your course with a direct bank transfer to the following account – please make sure to put your name in the ‘reference’ section so that we can keep track:
Mical Nelken and Tali Janner-Klausner
Cooperative Bank
08-93-00 89370748

We are not going to run away with all your money – it is a joint account used only for this project. Bank statements available on request.

How much should I pay?
Arabic: standard £120 (for the whole 12-week term). If you can, please pay £180 – you’ll help us provide more English classes for migrants and subsidise paid-for classes for people who cannot afford the full price. If you cannot afford the standard price, the unwaged price is £60.

Hebrew: standard £120 (for the whole 12-week term). If you can, please pay £180 – you’ll help us provide more English classes for migrants and subsidise paid-for classes for people who cannot afford the full price. If you cannot afford the standard price, the unwaged price is £60.

Yiddish Singing: standard £100 (for the whole 10-week term). If you can, please pay £150 – you’ll help us provide more English classes for migrants and subsidise paid-for classes for people who cannot afford the full price. If you cannot afford the standard price, the unwaged price is £50. The teacher on this course is also happy for students to ‘drop in’ and pay for workshops in cash, if you would prefer to do this please email babelsblessing@gmail.com to register your interest and get course details.

*if you can’t pay all upfront / can’t afford it at all / have any kind of issue with payments don’t hesitate to email us – we don’t want costs to be a barrier

When should I pay?
As soon as you have signed up!

Waiting list
Classes are capped at between 8-12 people per class (small groups are so much better for learning!). If you sign up for a class that has already reached capacity, we’ll add you to the waiting list, and you will be notified as soon as someone cancels or another class is set up. If you’ve paid but the class is already full, we will refund ASAP (sorry, we don’t have a fancy payment system!)

Fundraising appeal

Coming in September 2015, Babel’s Blessing is a language school to delight and enlighten all, and to address unmet needs in London language learning. Do you want to learn more Yiddish than the occasional Oy Vey? Get a crash-course in Hebrew and/or Arabic before  setting off to the Holy Land? Or have you recently moved to this rainy country, and need to work on your English? We have a course for you.

We will be running fun, affordable classes in Jewish and Jew-ish languages, and free English classes for migrants. We’ve made the necessary shidduchim (arrangements) for ESOL classes and have a stunning team of teachers ready to prep curricula.

But we need help to make this happen, to get the resources we need to make it good, and to keep it affordable for participants while only mildly exploiting our teachers (i.e. paying them London Living Wage).

Could you be the one to help us realise our dream of creative diaspora Jewish cultural education? If you are a mensch with some spare dollah, a good sense of humour, a passionate vision for diaspora Jewish life,  and a good dose of middle class liberal guilt that drives you to redistribute your wealth to worthy causes, this could be your moment of glory.

Classes will include:
– Yiddish (beginners and intermediate), with song learning and a focus on London’s radical history
– Arabic (beginners spoken)
– Modern Hebrew
– Adult batmitzvah class – a chavrusa group with a difference, for all genders and backgrounds. Study Torah, tour London’s shuls and learn about services, work on your Hebrew reading, argue about everything.

The English classes will be in partnership with two established migrant organisations: a charity in East London, supporting vulnerable migrants and refugees, and a second one in initial asylum accommodation in Croydon (South London), where destitute asylum  seekers are held upon arrival to Britain.

In return for your donation, you will receive:
– Huge naches (warm glowing feeling of righteousness)
You will not receive:
– A gilded plaque or mouldy bench in your honour
– Any influence over our activities

If you’d like to know more about the project, contact us at babelsblessing@gmail.com.
If you’d like to send a donation, our account details are:
Mical Nelken and Tali Janner-Klausner
Cooperative Bank
08-93-00 89370748

Thank you!

24th July update

A few bends in the road with firming up bank accounts and venues means we’ll not be opening registration until early next week, but here is more info for now:

Term dates and venues:

Arabic: 11-week term: likely to be 6-8pm on Thursdays, 1st October – 13th December (with one week off for half term) at a central London venue, to be confirmed early next week

Hebrew: 12- week term: Sunday evenings 6- 8pm, 20th September – 13th December (with one week off for half term on 1st November) at The Common House, Bethnal Green

Batmitzvah: 12- week term: Sunday evenings 8- 10pm, 20th September – 13th December (with one week off for half term on 1st November) at The Common House, Bethnal Green. Date of ceremony to be confirmed

Yiddish: Term dates, as well as the number and frequency of classes will depend on how many people sign up. Looks like we’ll have Beginners and Intermediate classes fortnightly, on Monday evenings near Baker Street.

ESOL: Being worked out separately to paid classes. Please be in touch for more info or to be involved babelsblessing@gmail.com