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Beginning Yiddish from Scratch

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2017.

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
8
Date & time

Thursdays, April 27 - June 22 (no class 6/1)
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Tuition
$130 for the public
$115 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Apr 27 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu Kol Shofar Ken Blady
May 04 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu Kol Shofar Ken Blady
May 11 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu Kol Shofar Ken Blady
May 18 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu Kol Shofar Ken Blady
May 25 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu Kol Shofar Ken Blady
Jun 08 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu Kol Shofar Ken Blady
Jun 15 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu Kol Shofar Ken Blady
Jun 22 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Thu Kol Shofar Ken Blady

Location

Congregation Kol Shofar

215 Blackfield Drive

Tiburon, CA 94920

415-388-1818

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.