Hobn mir a nigundl



Starts October 21, Thursdays 12:00 p.m. PDT (3:00 pm EST, 8:00 p.m. in the UK, 9:00 p.m. in most of Europe, 10:00 p.m. in Israel), ends December 23.


Batsheva (1)

Batsheva Capek

Batsheva is a Canadian folksinger and an award-winning concert artist singing in Ladino, Yiddish, Hebrew, and English. Her award-winning “Song of Remembrance” won first place in the Canadian National Competition for Holocaust Literature and has been placed in the official archives of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Batsheva tours under the auspices of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life and resides in Nashville with her husband, composer and producer, John Capek.


Tetyana Yakovleva

Tanya Yakovleva

Tetyana (Tanya) Yakovleva studied Comparative Literature, Classical, Slavic, Jewish, and Media Studies at the universities of Kharkiv, Regensburg, Bari, and San Diego. She received her PhD in Slavic and Jewish Studies from the University of Regensburg in 2019 and since then she has been teaching for YAAANA. Tanya is a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200). She is currently writing a book about Odessa 1905 in Russian and Jewish Literature.


About the course

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! Covering an array of familiar songs like “Tumbalalaika” and lesser known ones like “Harbstlied” we will study the “hartsike” and the poetic languages of such lyricists as Mordechai Gebirtig, Itzik Manger, Beyle -Schaechter Gottesman, Aliza Greenblatt and others. 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.

Instructors: Batsheva Capek and Tanya Yakovleva


Early Bird: each 90 minute class will cost $36 individually or $350 all 10 weeks (until September 19th)

General Admission: each 90 minute class will cost $40 individually or $370 all 10 weeks

If you want to save money on fees, write an email to tanya@yaaana.org and send us a check to:


7345 Fay Ave

La Jolla, CA 92037