Beginning Yiddish From Scratch

Date: Monday, October 16, 2017Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location:  Show map JCC East Bay, Berkeley Site 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Contact: Rachel WhittomEmail:

$160 Member / $175 non-Member

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Learn this rich and colorful language in a relaxed, irreverent and heimisheh atmosphere. All you need is dome 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 Yiddish in order to develop the ability to form sentences for basic needs when conversing with Yiddish speakers.
The instructor will include salient aspects if 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.

Ken Blady is a Jewish educator, author, and translator. Born in Paris, he grew up in Chassidic Brooklyn, where he attended yeshive and rabbinial seminary. he is the author of Jewish Communities in Exotic Places, among other work, and has been featured on a number of radio and TV talk shows.