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 bisselYiddish 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. 

Semester begins January 16. All courses are 10 sessions: $250
All classes take place at Gratz College. Rita Ratson teaches all classes.

YIDDISH I (Beginners)
Dates TBD

YIDDISH II (Intermediate)  
Tuesdays, January 23 – March 27
10:30 am – 12:00 pm 

Wednesdays, February 7 – April 18 (excl. April 4)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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