Reading Yiddish Texts

Date: Monday, December 16, 2013Time: 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Location:  Show map JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Contact: Lehrhaus JudaicaPhone: 510-845-6420Email:

Mondays, September 30-December 16.

Please note class will not be held on 10/7, 10/14, and 11/11.

Cost: $135 General │$105 Members and those registered by September 15.

Register online with Lehrhaus Judaica here.

In this course, we will read and discuss selections of Yiddish prose and poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries. The class will focus on comprehension, based not only on the lexicon and syntax of the Yiddish language, but also on the cultural contexts in which the texts are embedded. Given the relatively late prevalence of standardized spelling in Yiddish, some texts will be studied in their 19th and early 20th century versions to provide practice and develop confidence in decoding non-standard orthography.

Prerequisite: Students should have completed at least a year of college-level Yiddish language or the equivalent. 

Instructor Yael Chaver has been an educator and writer in Israel and Berkeley. She earned her Ph.D. in Yiddish at UC Berkeley, where she currently teachers Yiddish language and literature, and is the author of What Must Be Forgotten: The Survival of Yiddish in Zionist Palestine.