Yiddish Resources


CATEGORIES
CLASSES FOR LEARNING YIDDISH OR ABOUT YIDDISH CULTURE

In the Los Angeles area, classes in Yiddish language for adults at various levels of instruction as well as about Yiddish culture are available through the following institutions:

American Jewish University, Whizin Center for Continuing Education
http://wcce.aju.edu/courselist.aspx
15600 Mulholland Dr. , Bel-Air 90077
1-888-853-6763 or (310) 476-9777

Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of So. California
http://circlesocal.org/judaism/
1525 S. Robertson Blvd., L.A. 9035 (310) 552-2007

Private or Group Yiddish Language Lessons:
ciycl@yiddishinstitute.org
LEARN YIDDISH ONLINE

There are a number of opportunities to learn Yiddish in the comfort of your own home, often at your personal convenience.

Yiddish Academy
eTeacherYiddish
Surface Languages Free Yiddish Learning
The Yiddish Book Center - Occasional Yiddish language and culture classes
Yiddish Pop - An Animated Educational Site for Yiddish

•Learning the Yiddish Alphabet Through iTunes or Your IPhone.
iTunes App created by R. Niborski, son of the foremost Yiddish expert, Prof. Yitshok Niborski:
Yiddish for Kids 1
Yiddish for Kids 2

YIDDISH KEYBOARDS FOR COMPUTERS

Shretl - Free Download
Yiddish Pasekh + Keyman Desktop
Comprehensive keyboard, discounts for educators and/or students.
Yiddish on the Computer
The rubegoldbergeray chart includes several tools which are readily available to help with web page creation.
A convenient online reference to the character contents of the Unicode UTF-8 for Yiddish.
YIDDISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER

Yiddish Forward
דער פֿאָרװערץ   The venerable Yiddish Forward has a jazzy new website which includes newscasts in Yiddish from around the world.
ON-LINE LANGUAGE TOOLS

Yiddish On-Line Dictionary
Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary: The best available Yiddish-English dictionary is available Free On-Line
Searchable Yiddish-English/Yiddish-English Dictionary
•Refoyl's Web Page - Lists additional On-Line resources including other dictionaries. www.cs.uky.edu/~raphael/yiddish.html.

YIDDISH EXPRESSIONS

Yiddish Expressions (Shprikhverter)

A beautifully illustrated and transliterated assortment of Yiddish witicisms, sayings, expressions.

YIDDISH AUDIO (AND VIDEO) SOURCES

•YIDDISH STORIES ON THE INTERNET - Reading and Audio
Stories by top-notch Yiddish writers, with downloadable texts in PDF format and recorded readings in "real" (native) Yiddish are available online at the following Israeli web-site: http://yiddish.haifa.ac.il/Stories.html.

The reader is Sara Blacher-Retter, originally of Vilna, and she does an excellent job.

The material is ideal for advanced learners and fluent speakers trying to maintain their Yiddish, but is also very valuable for students closer to the beginning level to try catching a few words at a time and to get a feel for Yiddish pronunciation and intonation (which contemporary radio programs and songs, unfortunately, won't give you).

The Yiddish Voice
Home page for The Yiddish Voice, a Yiddish-language radio show serving Boston's Yiddish-speaking community, and a Yiddish Internet resource page.

The Forverts Voice פֿאָרװערץ קול
including Miri Koral's bi-weekly report from LA: (Click Here.)

The Sheyn Show
with actor/conjurer and Director of the Congress for Jewish Culture Shane Baker.

LA Yiddish Culture Club
Numerous recordings of past programs with some of the leading figures on the LA Yiddish cultural scene on a host of topics ranging from Yiddish theater to dramatic poetry readings. Lovingly edited and uploaded by CIYCL Board Member and former ABC Audio Engineer/Editor Joyce Tamara.

YIDDISH COMMUNITY LIST SERVE

Mendele
Mendele has been a very useful and interesting forum in a wide variety of aspects of Yiddish language and literature. You might 'lurk' in the archives to see what has been asked, answered, argued.
SOME OTHER KEY JEWISH INFORMATIONAL SITES

Jewish History Resources
Jewish Websight
CONFERENCES AND COURSES

  • HOT YIDDISH SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAMS
    הייסע ייִדישע זמער לערן פּראָגראַמען


URIEL WEINREICH PROGRAM IN YIDDISH LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND CULTURE

2013 Program Dates: June 17-July 26, 2013
The Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture of Bard-YIVO Institute for East European Jewish History and Culture offers peerless instruction in the Yiddish language and an in-depth exploration of the literature and culture of East European/American Jewry. The core of the program is an intensive, 4-credit language course (at one of three levels-elementary, intermediate, or advanced) that meets five days a week and is designed to develop proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing, as well as cultural literacy.
http://yivo.bard.edu/summer


8thSUMMER UNIVERSITY IN YIDDISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE ON THE CONTINENT

Strasbourg, July 22 to August 2, 2013
Yiddish intensive course taught at 3 levels, with afternoon, evening and weekend cultural programs.
http://www.yiddishweb.com/Zumerkurs/index.htm


THE NAOMI PRAWER KADAR INTERNATIONAL YIDDISH SUMMER PROGRAM AT TEL-AVIV UNIVERSITY

June 16 to July 11, 2013
Intensive Yiddish instruction at five levels. Language instruction will be supplemented by an afternoon program of lectures, conversation workshops, tours, and by evening cultural and social events.
http://www.naomiyiddish.tau.ac.il


VILNIUS YIDDISH INSTITUTE SUMMER PROGRAM IN YIDDISH

(Updated information yet to be provided)
Yiddish language taught at 4 levels. Afternoon cultural programs and field trips.
http://www.judaicvilnius.com/en/main/summer/introduction


YIDDISH VOKH

(Updated information yet to be provided)
Annual retreat for Yiddish speakers of all ages.
http://yugntruf.org/yiddish-vokh/yidish-vokh-2012/?lang=en


KLEZKANADA

(Updated information yet to be provided)
http://klezkanada.org


YIDDISH FARM SUMMER PROGRAM

May 30-August 12, 2013
The Yiddish Farm Education Center is a Shomer-Shabbos organic farm in Goshen, NY that hosts Yiddish educational programs with the goal of teaching Yiddish and fostering unity and respect between Hasidic and non-Hasidic Jews. Program participants experience Yiddish-language immersion while also learning about organic and sustainable agricultural methods.
http://www.yiddishfarm.org/summerprogram.html
DISCUSSION GROUPS

Yiddish Teachers
This is a place for Yiddish teachers of all levels to share resources and support each other: materials, ideas, songs, questions, answers.
Oxford Yiddish 2001
The alumni of the Oxford Institute's 2001 summer program encourage the study and perpetuation of Yiddish language, literature, and culture.
Yidish-Loshn
A forum for students of the Yiddish language. A place to converse in and about Yiddish, founded in January 2001 by Leybl (Lee) Goldberg, Yiddish teacher at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center (DCJCC) in Washington, DC.
Shmues
A mailing list for people wishing to use and learn the Yiddish language.The aim of this mailing list is to provide Yiddish learners from all over the world with a forum where they can try out and improve their linguistic skills by interacting with one another or with other fluent Yiddish speakers over the Internet.
Yiddishculture
This discussion group, launched by the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture, provides an opportunity to all members to upload their writings, discuss their ideas, alert members to events across the world, discuss published literature, art, music and education and generally shmooze about important issues concerning Jewish and Yiddish culture.
Yiddworld
The new and improved version of the former egroup known as "Yiddland"
Klezmorim
The purpose of this group/list is to help the promotion of klezmer and Jewish Music. It was created in order to ease the making of announcements and initiating discussions about the music.
European Jewish History & Culture
Eyropeyishe Yidishe Geshikhte, Religion un Kultur is a mailing list for the discussion of Jewish religion, culture and history in Europe.
Jewish Folklore
This group is devoted to the study of folklore and ethnology of Jews around the world. The group invites announcements of conferences, publications, and special events as well as discussions of issues relating to Jewish folklore and ethnology.
NYCJewishMusic
Jewish music events for women in the New York area.
Kol-Dodi
KOL DODI, the Midrasha Community Chorale of MetroWest section of the Jewish Federation in New Jersey, is a 60 voice ensemble specializing in the full spectrum of music arising out of various Jewish traditions.
YIDDISH MUSIC

The Yiddish Music Hall
The Yiddish Music Hall is designed to serve and support all Yiddish Music enthusiasts, students and performers. A site dedicated to Yiddish Music lovers

Jewish CD of the month

Ari Davidow's Klezmer Shack
Zemerl
An interactive database of Jewish song.- YIDDISH - HEBREW - LADINO
Mike Burstyn Documentary Website
"The Komediant," the award winning documentary about Mike Burstyn's family, his mother Lillian Fux and their history in the Yiddish theatre.
Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre
Visit the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre to learn more about Yiddish Theatre.
Other Websites

YiddishkaytLA
Yiddishkayt Los Angeles is a nonprofit cultural organization that promotes Yiddish language and culture in Southern California. YiddishkaytLA supporters include spirited individuals in the community, as well as representatives from Jewish organizations who share our interest in promoting Yiddish culture: L.A. Yiddish Culture Club, Valley Yiddish Culture Club, Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, Society for Humanistic Judaism, Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, Temple Adat Ari El, Sholem Community, Workmen's Circle/ Arbeter Ring, and the Misha & Sonia Yablon Cultural Foundation, among others.
Yung Yidish (Jerusalem and Tel Aviv)
Yiddish Culture and Books.
Paris Yiddish Center/Medem Bibliotheque
La maison de la Culture Yiddish à Paris.
Der Bay
The International Anglo-Yiddish Newsletter.
League for Yiddish
Publishes the journal "Afn Shvel" (On the Threshhold").
Mendele: Project Onkelos
Yiddish texts of works familiar to many only in translation, with revised spelling and improved fonts. A Treasury of Yiddish Stories.
Jewish music resources on the Internet
This article has a lot of information on Yiddish music, as well as some great links to other sites.
The National Foundation for Jewish Culture
Founded in 1960 by the Council of Jewish Federations, the NFJC works with artists, scholars, cultural institutions and community agencies to enhance the quality of Jewish life in America.
American Jewish World Service
The inspiration for AJWS' work is drawn from the demand for social ustice articulated by the Jewish tradition.

The California Institute for Yiddish Culture And Language
Executive Director: Miriam Koral
Comments and Suggestions are welcome at feedback@yiddishinstitute.org