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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. 


Gratz College

All Courses run for 10 weeks- Tuition and Registration Fee:  $200

Yiddish I (Beginner) - Tuesdays 10:30-12:00– October 13- December 15
Yiddish II (Intermediate) Tuesdays 1:00-2:30 – October 13 – December 15
Yiddish III (Advanced) Wednesdays 10:30-12:00 – October 14- December 16

For more information contact Rita Ratson, Yiddish Coordinator, rratson@gratz.edu or 215-635-7300 x177