New Classes Begin Fall 2018!
Do you carry or “shlep?” Do you aspire to be a kind, responsible person or a “mentsh?” Do you merely complain, or do you “kvetsh?” The following are new and ongoing Yiddish classes with Reb Yankl. For more information, contact Yankl directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the host synagogue:
Ongoing Classes for the General Public Starting Fall 2018:
"Introductory Yiddish Continued" in the South Bay. This class has already run for two ten-week sessions, but anyone with some background in reading, understanding, and speaking Yiddish is welcome to join. The time and place have not yet been determined, but last "term" we met on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos. The course will begin after the Jewish holidays, probably Oct. 3, skipping the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 21, and running for ten sessions until Dec. 12, 2018. The suggested "Rebe-gelt" (tuition) is $300 per student plus the price of the course textbook (about $25), but no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. New students should contact Reb Yankl directly (through this site) or can visit the first (and second?) class free of charge.
"Introduction to Yiddish" in Santa Cruz. This class starts from the absolute beginning and assumes no prior knowledge on the part of the students, whether of Yiddish or of the Hebrew letters which Yiddish uses. On the other hand, students who know some Yiddish but would like to review from the beginning are welcome. The class will meet Tuesday evenings, 5:15 - 6:45 pm, running for ten sessions: Oct. 16 - Dec. 18. Congregation Kol Tefila, 200 Washington St., Suite #109, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 457-0264. Cost is $300, but "no one turned away...etc."). Contact Reb Yankl (through this site) or Ilana Goldstein: email@example.com.
"Intermediate Yiddish" in Santa Cruz. This class is for students with some ability to read, write, and speak. The class meets Tuesday evenings, 7-9 pm, running for ten sessions: Oct. 16 - Dec. 18. Congregation Kol Tefila, 200 Washington St., Suite #109, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 457-0264. Cost is $300, but "no one turned away...etc."). Contact Reb Yankl (through this site) or Ilana Goldstein:
"Reading Yiddish Literature" in Palo Alto. This class is for students with some ability to read Yiddish literature in the original. Fluency by no means required -- but a basic ability to read is. Some instruction and discussion also takes place in Yiddish. Monday evenings, 7-9 pm, ten sessions beginning Oct. 8, skipping Nov. 19 (the Monday before Thanksgiving, and running until Dec. 17. Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto, 94306. $300 ("no one turned away...etc.")
- Stanford University, Stanford CA: These classes are primarily for enrolled, Stanford students, but auditors are permitted. Be aware that Stanford students are very focused learners, and the classes can be very small, most often from two to five students, so this option isn't for everyone! Contact Yankl directly.
First Year Yiddish is currently scheduled for MW 3:30 - 5:25.
If you are already a reader of Yiddish literature, Second Year Yiddish is a possibility, depending on student interest. Fluency is not required, but a basic ability to read, to speak, and to understand spoken Yiddish is.
Yiddish at Stanford university:
Quarter One Yiddish at UC Santa Cruz is currently on the schedule for winter quarter.
The Center for Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz:
If the above classes don't work out for you, there are other possibilities in the area...here are some other useful links:
Lehrhaus Judaica, headquartered in Berkeley, sponsors Yiddish (and many other) classes all over the bay area:
KlezCalifornia is also centered in the east bay but with organizes events across the bay area, in particular musical and cultural events with Yiddish content:
Yiddish classes also appear and disappear at Jewish Community Centers in the area:
Palo Alto Oshman JCC: paloaltojcc.org
San Francisco JCC: jccsf.org
The California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language (CIYCL) is in far-away Los Angeles, but they have first-rate cultural events and an excellent website:
The "Yiddish poetry" website of Monash University contains translations of Yiddish poetry into English and several other languages (Hebrew, French, and Polish), not a few of which are by Yankl:
Yiddish at UC Berkeley:
They have a long-established, first-rate program at Berkeley, with lots of associated activities.