Yiddish

Registration for our Spring term courses is now open!

We are very excited to announce that registration is now open for our Spring term.

The courses will take place online, using Zoom.

Sign up links:

BEGINNERS:

Sundays, 3-4:30pm (from 24th Jan) with Annie:

STANDARD (£11.25/CLASS): £112.50 FOR 10 SESSIONS

SUPPORTER (£15/CLASS): £150 FOR 10 SESSIONS

INTERMEDIATE:

Sundays, 5-6:30pm (from 24th Jan) with Annie:

STANDARD (£11.25/CLASS): £112.50 FOR 10 SESSIONS

SUPPORTER (£15/CLASS): £150 FOR 10 SESSIONS

All profits from these fees go towards running our free English classes for refugees and migrants – so the more you pay, the more people we can support and teach!


Our teacher Annie has this to say:

Until the early twentieth century, Yiddish was the mother tongue and day to day language of millions of Ashkenazi Jews, spoken in both Western and Eastern Europe for centuries. It is often thought of in comparison to Hebrew as a common folk language, and in the 19th and 20th centuries was often dismissed by many Jewish enlightenment thinkers as a ‘jargon’, the language of the un-educated and of women. At the same time, many radicals and leftists praised Yiddish as the language of the people. For 19th and 20th Century Yiddishists such as the founders of YIVO – the Yiddish Scientific Institute, the Yiddish language and its history provided the very foundations for a secular, diasporic, anti-assimilationist and often anti-statehood Jewish identity. 

In these classes alongside learning how to speak, write and read in Yiddish, we will also discuss the politics and history of Yiddish, and what it means to be a Yiddishist today, when much of the Yiddish speaking world has been destroyed by genocide and to a lesser extent the pressures of assimilation.

All profits from these fees go towards running our free English classes for refugees and migrants – so the more you pay, the more people we can support and teach!