Unit 1 with Dalia Wolfson

Unit 1: Sholem-aleykhem! with Dalia Wolfson

Lomir zikh lernen in eynem—let’s learn together!

Learn Yiddish in a new intensive, online Yiddish-language class for beginners, using the Yiddish Book Center’s award-winning new Yiddish textbook, In eynem. Held twice a week over Zoom, these classes offer an in-depth introduction to Yiddish language, covering all aspects of learning, including oral and written communication, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and culture.

Topics covered:

  • Vocabulary: Greetings, introductions, geography, basic verbs, numbers, days of the week 
  • Grammar: Present tense verb conjugations, pronouns, word order 
  • Culture: Folksongs, brief history of Yiddish

Course expectations:

  • This course is designed for students with no prior Yiddish language experience.
  • Students are expected to actively participate in all twelve class sessions and complete the assigned homework.
  • Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the Yiddish alphabet before the program begins.
  • Students must have a computer with a webcam and microphone, Internet access, and some proficiency with Zoom.
  • Students must have a copy of In eynem: The New Yiddish Textbook.

Class dates:

Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays. Class is from 12–1:30pm Eastern Time, with a short break in the middle. 

Nov. 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29
Dec. 1, 6, 8, 13, 15

Cost: $300 for members, $350 for nonmembers. The required textbook is sold separately at $100 in our online store.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations by October 25 will be refunded, minus a $30 administration fee. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds for cancellations after October 25.

About the Instructor:

Dalia Wolfson is a graduate student in the Comparative Literature department at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the formation of subjectivities and the role of sentimentality in early 20th century Hebrew and Yiddish literature. She has studied Yiddish at the University of Pennsylvania, at Harvard and at the Warsaw Summer program, among others. She enjoys staying involved in Yiddish community, from attending local Yiddishist gatherings in Somerville to (most recently) starring as a vampire in a Yiddish radio play

Questions? Please contact Margaret Frothingham, education program assistant, at mfrothingham@yiddishbookcenter.org

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