Yiddish Classes

Keeping Yiddish Alive in Melbourne

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 2 2020 enrolments are now open.

All classes will be run online via Zoom until further notice, so pick a class in either Elsternwick or Carlton without the shlep!

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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Classes in Elsternwick

Mondays

Yiddish Study Group with Alex
Mondays 10am – 12pm
Teacher: Alex Dafner
This is an advanced literature study group. Please contact the organiser to determine suitability.

Yiddish Beys
Mondays 6:30 – 8pm
Teacher: Esther Singer
A continuing class for those who can read and write Yiddish.

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

Tuesdays

Yiddish Literature with Beni
Tuesdays 10am – 12pm
Teacher: Beni Gothajner

NEW! Shmues Group with Bronia
Tuesdays 2 – 3pm
Teacher: Bronia Kopershmidt
This new shmues group starts on 5 May 2020.  Bookings are now open.

Thursdays

Yiddish Alef
Thursdays 7 – 9pm
Teacher: Hinde Burstin
A fun class, developing Yiddish communication through drama, games, poems, stories and Yiddish humour.

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Classes in Carlton

Tuesdays

Yiddish Beys
Tuesdays 5:00 – 6.30pm
Teacher: Esther Singer
A continuing class for those who have previously studied Yiddish and wish to advance their fluency in Mameloshn.

NEW! Yiddish Alef
Tuesdays 7 – 8:30pm
Teacher: Esther Singer
A beginners’ class for those who have no previous experience of learning Yiddish.

Thursdays

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

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