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Beginning Yiddish

Learn this rich and colorful language in a relaxed, irreverent and heimisheh atmosphere. All you need is some zitz-fleish (butt + patience) an ardent desire to learn, an interest in Jewish culture, and an ability tzu veren tzeshussen fahr gelechter (to crack up).

Stress in this class will be placed on learning the alef beis (print and script), elementary grammar, and reading basic texts. Emphasis will be placed on interactive conversation among students (almost) entirely in Yiddish in order to develop the ability to form sentences for basic needs when conversing with Yiddish speakers.

The instructor will include salient aspects of the history and evolution of Yiddish as grist for conversation. Students will also master 60 Yiddish shprekhverter (expressions) and vitzlekh (witticisms), some rated GP.

Schedule

# Sessions
10
Date & time

Thursdays, October 12 - December 21 (no class 11/23)
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Location
Tuition
$175 for the public
$160 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 12 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu OMJCC Ken Blady
Oct 19 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu OMJCC Ken Blady
Oct 26 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu OMJCC Ken Blady
Nov 02 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu OMJCC Ken Blady
Nov 09 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu OMJCC Ken Blady
Nov 16 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu OMJCC Ken Blady
Nov 30 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu OMJCC Ken Blady
Dec 07 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu OMJCC Ken Blady
Dec 14 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu OMJCC Ken Blady
Dec 21 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu OMJCC Ken Blady

Location

Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road

San Rafael, CA 94903

415-444-8000

Instructors

Ken Blady

Ken BladyKen Blady is a Jewish educator, author and translator of seven works from Yiddish. He was born in Paris, France, and grew up in Chassidic Brooklyn, where he attended yeshiva and rabbinical seminary. A San Francisco Bay Area resident since 1972, Ken has a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in Clinical Counseling from California State University, East Bay. He is the author of “Jewish Communities in Exotic Places,” among other works. Ken has been featured on a number of radio and T.V. talk shows, including The History Channel documentary, “Operation Magic Carpet,” about the airlift of the Jews of Yemen to Israel.