The History of Yiddish

Yiddish is the historical language of the Ashkenazi Jews.

Yiddish is the historic language of Ashkenazic (Central and East European) Jewry, and is the third principal literary language in Jewish history, after classical Hebrew and (Jewish) Aramaic.

The language is characterized by a synthesis of Germanic (the majority component, derived from medieval German city dialects, themselves recombined) with Hebrew and Aramaic.

Yiddish Agora

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May 14, 2019
Alan Astro has compiled the first anthology of Latin American Yiddish writings translated into English. Included are wor...
January 30, 2019
Eliezer Steinbarg: A Collection of Poems for Children in Yiddish, Illustrator: Nurit Yuval, Tsur-ot, Jerusalem 2013. ISB...
January 30, 2019
In the era of Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg, movie moguls tended to spice their jargon with expressions from the co...

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
Feb
20
Wed
all-day The Spring 2019 Online Yiddish C...
The Spring 2019 Online Yiddish C...
Feb 20 – May 30 all-day
The Spring 2019 Online Yiddish Class
Our online Yiddish program incorporates the latest technologies in distance learning — classes are conducted with the web conferencing service Adobe Connect, which is equipped with face-to-face chat, whiteboard, and audio and video capabilities. Every
Feb
25
Mon
all-day The Spring 2019 Yiddish Class in...
The Spring 2019 Yiddish Class in...
Feb 25 – Jun 4 all-day
The Spring 2019 Yiddish Class in Manhattan
This spring we’re offering in-person classes for all levels.  To learn more, contact Kolya Borodulin, our Director of Yiddish Programming: [email protected], 212.889.6800 ext 806. To register today, click here. Find our full Spring 2019 in-person course calendar here! All classes take place
Apr
2
Tue
10:00 am 2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program
2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – Jul 21 @ 11:00 am
2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program
The Yiddish Book Center is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program are now open. The program is designed to train Yiddish teachers in communicative language pedagogy, provide them with resources
Apr
12
Fri
10:00 pm 2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program @ Yiddish Book Center
2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program @ Yiddish Book Center
Apr 12 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 20 @ 11:00 pm
2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program @ Yiddish Book Center | Amherst | Massachusetts | United States
The Yiddish Book Center is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Program are now open. The program is designed to train Yiddish teachers in communicative language pedagogy, provide them with resources
May
24
Fri
all-day Intensive Yiddish Weekend in NYC...
Intensive Yiddish Weekend in NYC...
May 24 – May 27 all-day
Intensive Yiddish Weekend in NYC for Adv-Int + Advanced Students
Sheva Zucker will be offering an intensive Yiddish weekend for intermediate-advanced and advanced Yiddish students. This will be a total immersion experience with one of the foremost Yiddish teachers in America. The weekend will consist of grammar,
Jun
16
Sun
3:00 pm Yiddish Flavors of Love: A Music...
Yiddish Flavors of Love: A Music...
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Yiddish Flavors of Love: A Musical Celebration
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, June 16, 2019, 3:00 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, NYC OUR SPRING 2019 GALA CONCERT Yiddish Flavors of Love: A Musical Celebration ENGLISH SUPERTITLES The perfect Father’s Day gift!
Jul
1
Mon
3:09 pm About the Great Jewish Books Sum...
About the Great Jewish Books Sum...
Jul 1 @ 3:09 pm – Aug 2 @ 4:09 pm
About the Great Jewish Books Summer Program
Session 1: July 21–26, 2019 Session 2: July 28–August 2, 2019 Apply now At the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Summer Program, rising high school juniors and seniors read selections from important works of
Aug
5
Mon
9:00 am Workshop on Teaching Yiddish
Workshop on Teaching Yiddish
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – Aug 9 @ 10:00 am
Workshop on Teaching Yiddish
Workshop on Teaching Yiddish August 5–9, 2019 During the week after the Summer Program ends, participants interested in issues of teaching Yiddish will spend a week of study, discussion, and demonstration. To be addressed: general