Reading Yiddish Texts

Date: Monday, October 2, 2017Time: 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Location:  Show map Jcc East Bay, Berkeley Site 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Contact: Rachel WhittomEmail:

Fees: $205 Members / $220 Non-Member

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In this course, we will read and discuss selections of Yiddish prose and poetry from 19th and 20th centuries. the class will focus on comprehension, based not only on the lixicon 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 20th century versions to provide practice and develop confidence in decoding non-standard orthography.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed at least a year college-level Yiddish language or the equivalent.

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