Yiddish Classes: Spring 2020

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. 


Fall Semester begins January 21. Courses are 10 sessions: $250
All classes take place at Gratz College. 

All classes are temporarily postponed. Please check back for updates.

YIDDISH (Beginners)
Enter the world of Yiddish in a course that develops basic vocabulary and beginning competency in speaking, reading and writing. Course includes study of Yiddish folk songs. Previous knowledge of the alphabet is not assumed.
Tuesdays, January 21 – March 31 (excl. 3/3)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

YIDDISH (Advanced Beginner)
Tuesdays, January 21 – March 31 (excl. 3/3)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

YIDDISH (Intermediate/Advanced)
Increase competency in reading, writing and basic vocabulary building in order to continue developing simple conversational skills. Study of Yiddish folk songs will continue.
Wednesdays, January 22 – March 25
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

 Register Here.

For more information, contact Rita Ratson, Yiddish Coordinator, [email protected] or 215-635-7300 x177

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