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!

A new semester of online Yiddish language classes will start October 2023. Registration is now open. 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 5, 2pm EST: Dr. Sheva Zucker presents the CFY annual Yiddish-language Holocaust Education Lecture on Zoom, "I DO RECALL: Yiddish Literature of the Holocaust."

December 3, 2pm EST: Anastasiya Lyubas will discuss "Translating Debora Vogel's Avant-Garde Montage Into English."


Ashkenaz welcomes Germany's SEMER ENSEMBLE for a concert on October 5 and workshop series on October 6.

Join Eric Stein for the Klezmer Ensemble, Tuesday evenings this fall at Miles Nadal JCC, starting October 10.

The 2023 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards ceremony will take place October 15 at 2pm, in person at York University in Toronto.

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


"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."

"Jewish Dance in the Hasidic Tradition," Yiddish-language talk with Eli Benedict.