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


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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 the Fall 2023 semester is now closed. A new semester of online Yiddish language classes will be coming this January. Registration opens December 14. 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.


November 19, 3:00pm ET, York University: A free screening of the German silent film masterpiece "Das alte Gesetz," with live music performed by klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and silent film pianist Donald Sosin.


December 3, 2:00pm ET, on Zoom: Anastasiya Lyubas will discuss "Translating Debora Vogel's Avant-Garde Montages Into English."

December 7, 6:00pm ET, Beth Tzedec: Ruth Gerlock will present "Latkes and Dreydls....with a Yiddish Spin!" at this year's IGNITE! Tikkul Leil Chanukah Festival.

January 14, 2:00pm ET, on Zoom: "The Shoah Songbook: Uncovering Music of Remembrance" with Likht Ensemble's Jaclyn Grossman and Nate Ben-Horin

January 27, 8:00pm ET, in person: CFY and the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company present "The Shoah Songbook" with Likht Ensemble.

February 4, 2:00pm ET, on Zoom: "Dybbuk Remix: Dancing Between Worlds" with Karen Goodman.

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


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

Watch the recording of the 2023 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards Ceremony.

"My Old-New Story about Yiddish and Birobidzhan: Koydervelsh," Yiddish-language talk with Yiddish writer Ber Kotlerman.

"The Rediscovery of Yiddish Women Writers: Frieda Forman in Conversation with Vivian Felsen."