2017 Faculty

Kolya Borodulin is the master teacher and coordinator of Yiddish programming at the Workmen’s Circle in New York. He teaches Yiddish language and culture to multigenerational audiences: kids, teens, and adults (sometimes four generations together), nationally and internationally, and is credited with giving hundreds of Yiddishists their foundation in the language. His dynamic style has garnered a growing fan base across the United States and beyond. He is the organizer of the Trip to Yiddishland program (Circle Lodge, Hopewell Junction, New York) and Yiddish programming coordinator at KlezKanada. Borodulin is the author of Yiddish Year Round: A Curriculum for the Young Beginners and a number of Yiddish educational materials for children. Last year he piloted Yidish fun der vaytns—live, online Yiddish classes at the Workmen’s Circle. Borodulin has taught the advanced beginner course at YiddishSchool.

Agi Legutko is the director of the Yiddish Language Program at Columbia University, where she also teaches the Yiddish language, literature, and culture. She specializes in dybbuks, women, gender, and modern Yiddish literature and culture, as well as memory, identity, and trauma. She is an expert on the history of Jewish Krakow, her hometown, and on Jewish life in today’s Poland. She authored a historical guidebook to the Jewish quarter of Krakow, Krakow’s Kazimierz: Town of Partings and Returns (2004, 2009), and several scholarly articles on dybbuk possession and Yiddish poetry and literature. She has lectured widely on Yiddish literature and culture and on the revival of Jewish life in Poland. She received her PhD in Yiddish studies from Columbia and is completing her first academic book on dybbuk possession and modern Jewish identity. She has taught a culture course, titled The Haunted Yiddish Literature: Dybbuks and Other Fantastic Creatures, at YiddishSchool.

Asya Vaisman Schulman is the director of the Yiddish Language Institute at the Yiddish Book Center. Before joining the Center, Schulman taught Yiddish at Indiana University, where she was also the project manager of AHEYM, the Archives of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories. Schulman has taught both extracurricular and for-credit Yiddish courses at Harvard, Columbia, the New York Workmen’s Circle, and Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts. Schulman holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a PhD in Yiddish from Harvard. Schulman's PhD research was on the Yiddish songs and singing practices of contemporary Hasidic women. She has taught the beginner course at YiddishSchool.

Yuri Vedenyapin was born in Moscow, and received his BA from Harvard University and his PhD in Yiddish studies from Columbia University. He teaches Yiddish at Harvard and has also taught at many other places, including Columbia, Cambridge, Moscow State University, Tel Aviv University, KlezKanada, and Yiddish Summer Weimar. His academic interests include modern Yiddish literature, East European Jewish folklore, and dialectology. He has conducted numerous interviews with Yiddish writers, actors, and Yiddish speakers from Hasidic communities. He performs songs in Yiddish and in several other languages. He has taught the intermediate course at YiddishSchool.

The staff were friendly and helpful, the teachers were knowledgeable and lively, the lecturers enthusiastic and interesting.
2015 YiddishSchool participant