Courses by instructor: Tsvi Bar-David
Rabbi Tsvi Bar-David was raised in an American Yiddish-speaking household. Both his parents (aleyhem ha-sholem) were native speakers of Yiddish from Eastern Europe. Reb Tsvi is known to frequently pepper his English with Yiddish phrases, some common in American culture, such as, “Their politics are a complete mishegas!" Some he learned from his parents, notably his mother, who just passed away at the age of almost 101, such as, "If you look too closely everything is treyf (not kosher)!" He enjoys reading Yiddish texts, especially when they include a lot of Hebraish (Hebrew-derived words). Reb Tsvi, fluent in more than one language (English), will use his linguistic skills to create classes that are a real fargenign - a real pleasure - for his students.
Yiddish Culture in American Jewish Life
Yiddishania: The Gantzeh Cholent
In this four-session course we will explore different facets of Yiddish Culture in American Jewish Life. We'll cover a basic introduction of Yiddish language and history, look at family, food, holiday practices, klezmer music, painting, ...