-ברוכים הבאים אויף "ביי ייִדיש" -אַן אָרט פֿאַר ייִדיש אין דרומדיקן בײ
Welcome to "BayYiddish.Net" -- where Yiddish lives in the South Bay! This site provides information about Yiddish classes in the southern San Francisco Bay area. The site has been updated as of summer 5778 (that's 2018), but the aim is to expand and to incorporate useful links and pages for learning and so to become an all-around Yiddish resource!
Regular Stanford Students, undergrad and grad:
It's "the "Emes Truth!"
Yes, Yiddish is spoken and taught across the South Bay -- at Stanford, at UC Santa Cruz, and at JCC's and synagogues!
("Emes" -- spelled as in Hebrew אמת, is Yiddish for "truth," but the old folks thought this redundant expression was funny.)
Why "davka" Yiddish?
Yiddish is Hebrew, Aramaic, German, Polish, Old French, and Russian -- it's Jewish, European, and American
history -- and it's contemporary life -- it's ten subjects in one!
("Davka" -- דווקא -- is Hebrew and Yiddish and Aramaic for "specifically," "out of all the possibilities in the world, this one!")
"Bay Yiddish" is the website of "Reb Yankl"
Levitow, the Yiddish
language instructor at
Stanford and UCSC.
("Nu" -- נו -- is Russian and Yiddish for "Well...?" or "So...?")
Yes, Yiddish will happen Fall quarter of 2018! Year One, Qu. 1 is currently scheduled for MW 3:30-5:20, but the time is negotiable. If you have an interest, sign up! Or, contact Reb Yankl through this site or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also offer a Second Year Yiddish class if there is a demand, covering the history of Yiddish literature. -- in Yiddish. This class is for students who can already read to some degree. Uncertain? Reflect on the "Why Study Yiddish?" page above. Questions or concerns? Contact Reb Yankl directly.
For starters, here's a fun quiz! Can you identify all of the following places where Yiddish has been spoken? (Answers are at the end of the "About Yankl" page.)