Shmues for Advanced Students

In this eight session advanced shmues course, students will first read poems by Yiddish poet and short story writer Rokhl Korn (1898-1986), and then discuss the various contexts in which she wrote these poems, including the history of Poland, the USSR, and Sweden. Time & Date: 12 p.m.-1 p.m. PDT (3 p.m. EDT, 8 p.m. […]


La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Get a taste of future Yiddishland at the upcoming La Jolla Art & Wine Festival! Our door will be open on October 9 (Saturday) and October 10 (Sunday). Come visit us at 1128 Wall St, La Jolla! Trouble parking? Shuttle services will be available at the festival: https://www.ljawf.com/visitors. Biz bald! See you soon!

Yiddish Teachers’ Committee

We at YAAANA see the need to modernize Yiddish teaching. We also believe it greater structure is called for because students are often confused about which level they belong in. The meeting of Yiddish teachers will discuss and work on two topical issues: a) The development of methodological guidelines for different proficiency levels, a clear […]

The Dybbuk

Don’t miss our class about S. Ansky’s “The Dybbuk.” We continue with the innovative format which includes elements of leyenkrayz and shmues, as well as very special guests who staged the play last year through zoom: Allen Lewis Rickman un Yelena Shmulenson, Uri Schreter, Michael Wex, Suzanne Toren, and Mike Burstyn. Wow! The class is […]


Balance Yoga in Yiddish

Balance your mind and body as you maintain your mental and physical fitness in this 60 minute yoga class. The slow and gentle nature of this class is perfect for beginners and is also great for students who want to sink deeper into their practice. The language of instruction is Yiddish with English translation. Time […]


Utopye: leyenkrayz for Intermediate Students

This course will cover Yiddish grammar through close reading and translation of Kalmen Zingman´s “In der tsukunft-shtot Edeniya“/ “In the Future City of Edeniya” (1918). Time & Date: Starts October 18, Mondays 12:00 p.m. PDT (3:00 p.m. EST, 8:00 p.m. in the UK, 9:00 p.m. in most of Europe, 10:00 p.m. in Israel), ends December […]


Exploring Early Modern Yiddish Literature

Intermediate-to-advanced level speakers are welcome to join us in the linguistic and literary trip back in time: to the world of Eastern European Jews of the first two thirds of the 19th century. Instructor: David Shafir Time & Date: The first, free, session of this experimental group project is on October 19. Cost: First class […]

Sovetishe froyenlider: Leyenkrayz for Advanced Students

In this course we will discuss the Yiddish poetry of women from the Soviet Union. All texts will be selected from Ezra Korman's 1928 anthology of Yiddish women poets. Time & Date: Starts October 20, Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. PDT (3:00 p.m. EST, 8:00 p.m. in the UK, 9:00 p.m. in most of Europe, 10:00 p.m. […]


Hobn mir a nigundl

Songs are a wonderful way to learn language, and Yiddish songs are a wonderful way to learn Yiddish. In this class the song IS the class! Together we will discover the background and meaning of these beloved compositions and learn the stories behind them. Batsheva will lead the singing and Tanya will present the grammar. […]


Dos, di, der – ver iz ver? A Workshop on Yiddish Grammar

A workshop on the grammar of Yiddish nouns. Yiddish enthusiasts of all levels are welcome! Are you confused about when to use dos, di, der, and on top of it, what is it with dem? Why is the word girl in Yiddish a neuter grammatical gender? What is the function of accusative and dative cases, […]


Yiddish Literature for Children

Prose and more so poetry created for children radiate age-transcending warmth and charm. In simple form they convey to the child, including the eternal child in each of us, life’s laws and human ideals. And creations by especially talented authors such as Yitskhok L. Perets, Leye K. Hofman, Leib Kvitko, Dvoyre Khorol, and many others, […]

A Workshop on Yiddish Adjectives

Here you will learn the use and placement of basic adjective forms, the declination of adjectives in different cases and genders, and the use of comparative and superlative adjectives. This course is a continuation of the workshop on Yiddish nouns. There will be homework and personal feedback from the instructor after each workshop to reinforce […]