Learn Yiddish Online This Spring!

Registration for the Spring 2024 semester of online Yiddish classes is now open. We look forward to having you join us!


To register for one of our Spring 2024 Yiddish classes, please CLICK HERE to access our online registration form.


Please note: After you fill in your details and click on the "Pay and Register" button, scroll up in your browser to complete the "captcha" verification. Once complete, you will see a notice on the screen that your submission has been received. Do NOT register more than once. Upon completion of our online form, you will receive a confirmation email within a few minutes. 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, otherwise your credit card may be charged twice. 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 by the end of the second week of the course (i.e. before the third class of the course). No refunds are available after the second week of classes. Refunds will be processed one month after the course begins.

All classes are subject to enrollment.
Course fees are in Canadian funds.


Online 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 | April 8 - June 17, 2024 (no class April 22 and April 29)
9 classes | Cost: $145 CAD
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 | April 10 - June 19, 2024 (no class April 24 and June 12)
9 classes | Cost: $145 CAD
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 | April 7 - June 16, 2024 (no class April 21 and April 28)
9 classes | Cost: $145 CAD
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

Wednesdays on Zoom, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET | April 10 - June 19, 2024 (no class April 24 and June 12)
9 classes | Cost: $145 CAD
Instructor: Sharon Power

This course, conducted mainly in Yiddish, is designed for students who have previously studied Yiddish at the Intermediate level and are ready to apply their skills in a literature-based course. Students will develop their speaking and reading comprehension abilities through reading and discussing an engaging selection of short to medium-length Yiddish texts (poetry, newspaper articles, short stories). Cultural and linguistic points of interest will be highlighted as we analyse the texts. For Spring 2024, we'll read short excerpts from a variety of works by the important (and somewhat controversial) Yiddish writer Sholem Asch.



Advanced Yiddish Language

Sundays on Zoom, 10:00 am – 11:30 am ET | April 7 - June 16, 2024 (no class April 21 and April 28)
9 classes | Cost: $145 CAD
Instructor: Sharon Power

This course, conducted entirely in Yiddish, will focus on advanced reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and conversation. We will read short stories and other Yiddish literary materials and use the texts as jumping-off points, to explore higher-level grammatical topics and to discuss historical, cultural, and linguistic points of interest.






Leyenkrayz (Yiddish Reading Circle)

לײענקרײַז


Third Tuesday of each month on Zoom, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm ET. The Leyenkrayz meets monthly year-round.
Cost: $30 annual fee ONLY for those who did not register September 2023.
Membership is currently full and the Leyenkrayz will not be accepting new members until September, 2024.

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. The Leyenkrayz is facilitated by two class participants.



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