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Director, Yiddish Program
Division: Adult Jewish Learning
Program: Gratz Scholars Program, Yiddish
Rita Ratson, a child of Holocaust Survivors, grew up speaking Yiddish as her first language and graduated from the Workmen’s Circle Higher Yiddish Education System, with honors, as well as having an associate degree in arts and science from Pierce College. She was one of the founders of a new Yiddish school for young children in the 1980’s. Ms. Ratson joined Gratz College in 1999 as an instructor of Yiddish, and was asked to be Coordinator in 2000, as well. Ms. Ratson is an official translator of Yiddish for the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts and has worked on many translation projects for private clients, for 15 years. Her love and knowledge of the Yiddish language is transmitted through her creative instruction and enthusiastic presentation, and she is frequently invited to lecture to local Jewish organizations. She has recently published Yiddish Notebook as a classroom aid for the Yiddish student.