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Beginning Yiddish

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

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.

Potential new students are welcome to sit in on the first session.

Schedule

# Sessions
12
Date & time

Mondays, February 5 - May 7 (no class 2/19, 4/2)
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location
Tuition
$210 for the public
$190 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Feb 05 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCEB Ken Blady
Feb 12 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCEB Ken Blady
Feb 26 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCEB Ken Blady
Mar 05 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCEB Ken Blady
Mar 12 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCEB Ken Blady
Mar 19 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCEB Ken Blady
Mar 26 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCEB Ken Blady
Apr 09 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCEB Ken Blady
Apr 16 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCEB Ken Blady
Apr 23 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCEB Ken Blady
Apr 30 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCEB Ken Blady
May 07 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon JCCEB Ken Blady

Location

JCC East Bay

1414 Walnut Street

Berkeley, CA 94709

510-848-0237

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.