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Beginning Yiddish from Scratch
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.
Thursdays, April 27 - June 22 (no class 6/1)
12:00 - 1:30 pm
$115 for members
|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|
Congregation Kol Shofar
215 Blackfield Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920
Ken 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.