Yiddish Fun Bereshis! Yiddish From The Beginning! New Session


    Yiddish Fun Bereshis (Yiddish from the beginning) is a Yiddish Alef Beys (alphabet) program aimed for those with no prior Hebrew alphabet experience. We start with vowels and add on consonants each week. By the end of the first class, the student will be able to read a number of words/phrases. Each week will build upon the previous week’s material, to begin building one’s Yiddish vocabulary. This class aims to teach literacy – the ability to read Yiddish in Yiddish. There will be some elements of grammar and style – but nothing past a basic/beginner level. Along with “doing the work” of literacy, we will also learn through culture, idioms, jokes, curses, and of course, song. Be prepared for a lot of Simpsons gifs. This is a one-hundred percent no judgment, no attitude, no shaming classroom environment. The class runs for 90 minutes.

    When: The class runs for 6 consecutive weeks. Saturday afternoon 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Central Time) Dates are:
    May 23rd, May 30th, June 6, June 13th, June 20th, June 27th

    Cost: the first class is free, donations of any amount welcome at https://www.paypal.me/YAAANA2020

    After the first class, each class will cost $15. You may submit payment to the above paypal link at the time of each class, or pay in full ahead of time, $75 for 5 classes after the first one.

    Registration: Please email [email protected] or call 619-719-1776. Zoom link available upon registration. Due to security reasons, all guests must be registered.

    Instructor: Dave Fried is a dedicated Yiddishist living in Chicago. His main goal is to see more people speaking Yiddish. He has been teaching beginners Yiddish for almost two years. While not immersed in Yiddish, he likes drinking juice, fake plants and Jewish punk rock.

    Payment for individual classes ($15) can be made here:

    Payment for the full course ($75 for 5 classes) can be made here:


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