Committee for Yiddish

Through educational, cultural and engagement programs, the Committee for Yiddish, UJA Federation fosters and promotes Yiddish language and culture - indeed the entire Ashkenaz tradition - as a vibrant part of contemporary Jewish life and as a vital link between the Jewish past and future.
The Committee for Yiddish is supported by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

Check out our YIDDISH BLOG!

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Looking to explore a unique Jewish culture through language? The opportunity to LEARN YIDDISH ONLINE is here.

Whether you’re looking to connect with your family’s heritage, act out a Yiddish play, or study Yiddish texts as a fluent speaker, we’ve got a class for everyone!

Registration for Spring 2024 is now closed. A new semester of online Yiddish classes will be coming next September. Check back this summer for more info. We look forward to having you join us!

Strashun Library Reading Room, Vilna

We're bringing you EXCITING PROGRAMS about Yiddish language and culture featuring Yiddish scholars from Canada and around the world.


Friday, May 31, 10 AM at Heliconian Hall: A musical program with Janie Respitz, "Itsik Manger: A Modern Troubadour," as part of Jewish Music Week Toronto.

Sunday, June 2, 2:00 pm ET: Online talk with Sam Glauber, "How to Tell Your Fortune in Yiddish."

June 2/June 5-6: In-Person and virtual screening of the newly restored 1939 Yiddish film "Mothers of Today/Hayntige Mames" at the 2024 Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

Tuesday, June 11: "Shavuot Shuffle: Holiday Recipes and Yiddish Word Puzzles" at the Tikkun Leil Shavuot Festival at Miles Nadal JCC.

Thursday, June 27, 2:30-4:30pm: CFY and Miles Nadal JCC will be hosting a special in-person event, "Up on the Roof: Yiddish Cafe" featuring a performance by Yosl and the Yingels.

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Missed one of our programs? Visit our ARCHIVE to watch recordings of our past lectures and events!


"Yizkor Bikher/Memorial Books: Untapped Treasure of the Last Collected Memories of a Vanished Civilization," with Dr. Eliyana Adler.

"Dybbuk Remix: Dancing Between Worlds" with Karen Goodman.

"The Shoah Songbook: Uncovering Music of Remembrance" with Likht Ensemble's Jaclyn Grossman and Nate Ben-Horin.

"Translating Debora Vogel's Avant-Garde Montages Into English," with scholar and translator Anastasiya Lyubas.

The CFY Annual Yiddish-Language Holocaust Education Lecture, "I DO RECALL: Yiddish Literature of the Holocaust," with Dr. Sheva Zucker.