Lehrhaus Judaica > Courses > 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.
Potential new students are welcome to sit in on the first session.
Mondays, January 14 - April 17
7:00 - 8:30 pm
As a nonprofit, Lehrhaus relies on tuition to help cover the direct cost of our course offerings. We offer a tiered pricing structure to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation. Please evaluate your own ability to pay, and select the option that makes it possible for you to participate. To inquire about pricing or scholarships, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Jan 14||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Mon||JCCEB||Ken Blady|
|Jan 28||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Mon||JCCEB||Ken Blady|
|Feb 04||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Mon||JCCEB||Ken Blady|
|Feb 11||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Mon||JCCEB||Ken Blady|
|Feb 25||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Mon||JCCEB||Ken Blady|
|Mar 04||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Mon||JCCEB||Ken Blady|
|Mar 11||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Mon||JCCEB||Ken Blady|
|Mar 18||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Mon||JCCEB||Ken Blady|
|Mar 25||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Mon||JCCEB||Ken Blady|
|Apr 01||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Mon||JCCEB||Ken Blady|
|Apr 08||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Mon||JCCEB||Ken Blady|
|Apr 15||7:00 PM–8:30 PM||Mon||JCCEB||Ken Blady|
JCC East Bay
1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
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.