Learn Yiddish Online This Fall!



To register for one of our Yiddish classes, the Yiddish Theatre Workshop, or the Leyenkrayz, please CLICK HERE to access our online registration form.


The Comprehensive Yiddish Language Classes, Yiddish Theatre Workshop, and Leyenkrayz are offered by the Committee for Yiddish, UJA Federation.

To register, please use our online registration form. Payment can only be made by credit card at this time.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds are available for withdrawal from classes before the second week of the course. After the first class, an administration fee of $20.00 plus $16.00 for each class attended will apply to all withdrawals.

Please visit our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page for more information about our classes and policies,
or send us an email at yiddish@ujafed.org



Comprehensive Yiddish Language Classes

ײִדיש קלאַסן



Learn, refresh, and improve your speaking, reading, and writing language skills with experienced instructors in a fun and stimulating learning environment.

Beginner Yiddish Language

Section 1: Sundays on Zoom, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time | September 26 – November 28, 2021
Section 2: Mondays on Zoom, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Eastern Time | October 4 – December 13, 2021 (no class Oct. 11)
10 classes | Cost: $160
Instructor: Ruth Gerlock

This introductory level course is suitable for those with no prior or minimal Yiddish language knowledge. Students will be introduced to the basics of Yiddish conversation, grammar, reading, and writing in an engaging class supplemented by songs and activities




Beginner-Plus Yiddish Language

Wednesdays on Zoom, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Eastern Time | October 6 - December 8, 2021
10 classes | Cost: $160
Instructor: Ruth Gerlock

This high-beginner level course is suitable for those who have taken at least one or two semesters of Beginner-level Yiddish courses, or equivalent prior experience. Students will continue to develop their basic conversational skills, grammar understanding, and facility with the alef-beys.




Intermediate Yiddish Language

Sundays on Zoom, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time | September 26 – November 28, 2021
10 classes | Cost: $160
Instructor: Sharon Power

This course is suitable for those who have studied Yiddish for one to two years, or have equivalent experience. Students must be able to read alef-beys at least at a basic level. Students will continue to develop their intermediate-level speaking and reading comprehension skills through reading and discussing selections of Yiddish poetry, review of grammar with points drawn from the texts, and relevant vocabulary and conversational activities.




Intermediate-Plus Yiddish Language

Mondays on Zoom, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time | October 4 – December 13, 2021 (no class Oct. 11)
10 classes | Cost: $160
Instructor: Sharon Power

This high-intermediate level course is suitable for those who have studied Yiddish for two or more years, or have equivalent experience. Students must be able to independently read the equivalent of one Yiddish essay or short story per week (4-6 pages). In this conversation-focused course conducted mostly in Yiddish, students will develop their speaking and reading comprehension abilities through reading and analysing short Yiddish texts from a variety of genres (essays, short stories, poetry, memoir), using the material as a jumping-off point for broader discussion.




Advanced Yiddish Language

Sundays on Zoom, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time | September 26 – November 28, 2021
10 classes | Cost: $160
Instructor: Sasha Hoffman

This course, conducted entirely in Yiddish, focuses on advanced reading, writing, vocabulary and conversation. We will analyze poetry and short fiction. We will workshop reading handwritten documents in Yiddish and dive into historical Yiddish press. We will also go through select advanced grammatical topics, as needed. We will, goes without saying, sing songs and play games.




Yiddish Theatre Workshop

ײִדיש טעאַטער װאַרשאַט


The Play for Fall 2021 is "Double Identity" by Miriam Hoffman


shver tsu zayn a yid 1914

Adapted from Sholem Aleichem's Shver tsu zayn a Yid, a Yiddish 1914 comedy involving two young Russian men, Shneyerson, A Jew, and Ivanov, a Gentile. Shneyerson challenges Ivanov that he couldn't brave being a Jew in Russia. Ivanov takes on the challenge and they trade identities for a year. Will Ivonov ultimately learn it's "Hard to be a Jew?"

Experience the joys of Yiddish through acting out roles from the Yiddish theatre. All are welcome! Scripts are provided in transliteration, and no previous Yiddish or performance experience is required. Faciliated by award-winning performer, director, and playwright, David Gale.

Tuesdays on Zoom, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern Time | October 5 - December 7, 2021
10 Classes | Cost: $160
For more information about the Theatre Workshop please email: YiddishTheatreWorkshop@gmail.com



Leyenkrayz (Yiddish Reading Circle)

לײענקרײַז


Participants will read and discuss humorous short stories in Yiddish from the anthology “A Bukh Tsum Lakhn”. Materials provided in PDF form.

Third Tuesday of each month, on Zoom, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time, starting October 19, 2021
Cost: $30 annual fee (10-11 sessions)





Special Interest Yiddish Classes at Miles Nadal JCC


Beginner Conversation 1

Develop basic Yiddish conversational skills while engaging with the rich world of Yiddish culture. All materials are provided in transliteration. No prior knowledge required.

Wednesdays on Zoom, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern Time | October 6 - December 8, 2021 | 10 Classes | Cost: $250 plus HST
For full course details and to register: CLICK HERE


Intermediate Conversation 2

Continue to build on your Yiddish speaking, listening, and comprehension skills while engaging with the rich world of Yiddish history and culture. Emphasis will be on developing conversation skills, expressing your opinion, and talking about history and biography. All materials provided in transliteration.
Prerequisite: Completion of “Intermediate Conversation 1” or prior Yiddish experience.

Thursdays on Zoom, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern Time | October 7 - December 9, 2021 | 10 Classes | Cost: $250 plus HST
For full course details and to register: CLICK HERE.