Learn Yiddish Online This Fall!



Our fall semester of online Yiddish classes will begin the week of September 11, 2022. Registration is open as of August 18.


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


Please note: Do NOT register more than once. Upon completion of our online form, you will receive a confirmation email. Please wait for this email. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact us at yiddish@ujafed.org instead of filling in the form again. Thank you, a sheynem dank!


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


Cancellation Policy: CFY will offer students a full refund for withdrawal before the second week of the course, and from the second to fourth week, we will refund the course fee minus a $20 administration fee and $16 for each class attended. No refunds are available after the fourth week of classes.


Comprehensive Yiddish Language Classes with CFY

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

Mondays on Zoom, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm ET | September 12 – December 5, 2022 (no class Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 17)
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 ET | September 14 – November 23, 2022 (no class Oct. 5)
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 ET | September 11 - December 4, 2022 (no class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16)
10 classes | Cost: $160
Instructor: Ruth Gerlock

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: Israeli Yiddish Writers

Wednesdays on Zoom, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET | September 14 – November 23, 2022 (no class Oct. 5)
10 classes | Cost: $160
Instructor: Sharon Power

In this conversation- and literature-focused course conducted mostly in Yiddish, students will develop their speaking and reading comprehension abilities through in-class discussion and readings of short stories and poetry by Israeli Yiddish writers. Historical, cultural, and linguistic points of interest will be highlighted as we analyse the texts. This 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 one short Yiddish text per week.




Advanced Yiddish Language

Sundays on Zoom, 10:00 am – 11:30 am ET | September 11 – December 4, 2022 (no class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16)
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, it goes without saying, sing songs and play games.




Yiddish Theatre Workshop

ײִדיש טעאַטער װאַרשטאַט


Thursdays on Zoom, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET | September 15 - December 1, 2022 (no class Sept. 29, Oct. 27)
10 classes | Cost: $160
Instructor: David Gale

"Toyt fun a Seylsman"


Toyt fun a Seylsman

Experience the joys of Yiddish through acting out roles from the Yiddish translation by Joseph Bulov and Luba Kadison of Arthur Miller's classic Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning classic Death of a Salesman.

All are welcome! Scripts will be provided in transliteration, and no previous Yiddish or performance experience is required.

Facilitated by award-winning performer, director, and playwright, David Gale.

For more information about the Theatre Workshop please email: YiddishTheatreWorkshop@gmail.com



Leyenkrayz (Yiddish Reading Circle)

לײענקרײַז


Third Tuesday of each month on Zoom, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm ET, starting September 20, 2022. The Leyenkrayz meets monthly year-round.
Cost: $30 annual fee.

Participants will read and discuss the collection of short stories in Yiddish, from the book, FIGURN by Ephraim Kaganowski. Materials will be provided in PDF form.