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Until the middle of the 20th century, Yiddish was the international language of Jews from Central and Eastern Europe. Today, experts estimate there are between 1 million and 2 million native Yiddish speakers in the world, but only about 500,000 speak it at home. Educators like Rita Ratson, Yiddish program coordinator and instructor at Gratz College, are determined to keep the Yiddish language and culture alive. Whether you want to learn a bissel Yiddish or become fluent, you’ll find the right level course for you. Classes range from beginners to advanced and even a Yiddish Conversation Corner, complete with folk songs and literature.

Read more to find out why Yiddish is a passion for Rita Ratson, a translator for the National Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish program at Gratz College is supported by Beverly & David Schorr/DJS Associates, Inc. For more information, consult the brochure below or contact Rita Ratson, Yiddish Program Coordinator, at 215-635-7300 x177. 



Supported by Beverly & David Schorr, DJS Associates, Inc
Rita Ratson, Instructor and Coordinator
Yiddish Language and Culture Programs
rratson@gratz.edu; 215-635-7300, x177
All Classes 8 weeks - $150

Yiddish I - Beginners
Develop basic vocabulary and beginning competency in speaking, reading and writing Yiddish.

Mondays, 10:30 am - 12 pm at Lower Merion Synagogue - $150 
123 Old Lancaster Avenue, Bala Cynwyd
February 3 - March 31  (no class February 17)

Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 12 pm at Gratz College - $150
February 4  - March 25

Tuesdays,  5:00 - 6:30 pm at Congregation Mikveh Israel - $150
44 N. 4th St., Philadelphia
February 4 - March 25

Yiddish II - Intermediate
Increase competency in basic vocabulary. Continue developing conversational skills & expressions.

Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:45 pm at Congregation Mikveh Israel - $150
44 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia
February 4 - March 25

Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm at Gratz College - $150
February 5 - March 26

Yiddish III - Advanced
Continue to build conversational skills through literature and folk songs.

Wednesdays, 12:30 - 2:00 pm at Gratz College - $150
February 5 - March 26