Yiddish Classes

Keeping Yiddish Alive in Melbourne (And Beyond!)

Yiddish is the foundation for all we do at the Kadimah. Our literature, history and culture are all intertwined with the richness of the spoken and written Yiddish word. By participating in a literature discussion class, a shmues group, or if you learn the language as a student, you step into a thousand year old history and confirm its place in the future.

Term 3 2020 enrolments are now open.

All classes will be run online via Zoom.

Students experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to contact the Kadimah to discuss reduced fee payment.

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Mondays

Yiddish Study Group with Alex
Mondays 10am – 12pm
Teacher: Alex Dafner
This is an advanced literature study group. Participation by invitation.

Yiddish Beys
Mondays 6:30 – 8pm
Teacher: Esther Singer
Conversation, reading and language activities. A continuing class for those with some conversation, reading and writing skills.

Yiddish with Tomi
Mondays 6:30 – 8pm
Teacher: Tomi Kalinski
Songs, poems and idioms to improve your Mameloshn.

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Tuesdays

Yiddish Literature with Beni
Tuesdays 10am – 12pm
Teacher: Beni Gothajner
Advanced Literature reading and discussion group.

Yiddish Beys
Tuesdays 5:00 – 6.30pm
Teacher: Esther Singer
Conversation, reading and language activities. A continuing class for those with some conversation, reading and writing skills.

Yiddish Alef
Tuesdays 7 – 8:30pm
Teacher: Esther Singer
The second term of our new beginners class. Familiarity with the Alef-Beys assumed but not reading ability.  This term’s focus is on the past and future tenses and improving listening and speaking skills.

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Thursdays

NEW!  Beginners Yiddish Alef
Thursdays 2 – 3:30pm
Teacher: Hinde Burstin
A beginners class, teaching the basics of Yiddish language and culture, through conversation, reading, language activities and a little bit of writing. No prior knowledge of Yiddish reading, writing or language required.

Yiddish Alef
Thursdays 5:30 – 7pm
Teacher: Esther Singer
The emphasis is on communication and developing better skills with reading and writing.

Yiddish Alef
Thursdays 7 – 9pm
Teacher: Hinde Burstin
An intermediate level class developing Yiddish fluency through conversation, poems and stories, writing, games and humour.

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