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Lomir zikh lernen in eynem—let’s learn together!

Start Your Yiddish Journey

There are many ways to start learning Yiddish with us. Not sure where to begin? Below we outline the ways you can begin your Yiddish language journey or take it to the next level.

About In eynem Yiddish Courses

Our courses use a research-backed method called the communicative approach, based on the idea that successful language learning should prioritize communicating and interpreting real meaning, similarly to how humans learn their first language. Using real-life situations and authentic materials, students in our courses focus on engaging directly with Yiddish, rather than learning about Yiddish.  

Our small, student-centered classes are led by instructors who facilitate a uniquely collaborative and dynamic environment. Instructors ensure that students are able to understand the language used in class by means of gestures, miming, and visual aids, and that they are compelled to understand by encouraging conversations about topics that are important to each student, thus increasing motivation and lowering any anxiety about language learning. Each course level builds on previous knowledge and uses In eynem: The New Yiddish Textbook, authored by Asya Vaisman Schulman, director of the Center's Yiddish Language Institute.

Learn more about our Yiddish language instructors.

Introduction to Yiddish with In eynem

Try out the Center’s virtual language classroom with a free sample lesson from In eynem: The New Yiddish Textbook! This highly interactive class will introduce you to the communicative approach to language learning and teach you some Yiddish basics. This is ideal for anyone curious about our teaching style; no previous knowledge is required to participate.

The sample lesson is free to attend, and space is limited. Advance registration is required. Please register for only one session.

Instructor: Moishele Alfonso

Dates: Sunday, August 4, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET or Sunday, August 4, 6:00–7:00 p.m. ET

The Introduction to Yiddish with In Eynem classes are now full, but we hope to offer more classes in the future—sign up using the link below to receive updates about Yiddish language course offerings.  

Alef-beys Course

Learn and practice the Yiddish alphabet in this intensive four-day online course taught by Moishele Alfonso. This course will focus on reading and pronouncing the printed Yiddish alphabet, with an introduction to handwriting. Optional homework exercises will be provided. Space is limited; registration closes August 30.

Instructor: Moishele Alfonso 

Course dates: Sept 3, 5, 10, 12 
Section 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET
Section 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00–7:30 p.m. ET

Cost: $100 for Yiddish Book Center members; $175 for nonmembers.
Unfortunately, we are unable to refund any cancellations for this program.

12-Week In eynem Yiddish Language Courses

This fall we are offering courses for both new students and continuing students. Classes are held twice a week on Zoom, and students connect and submit homework using Google Classroom. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Registration for these courses opens in August. Sign up to be notified by email when registration opens.

Course Expectations

Before signing up, make sure you:

  • Can commit to participating in all class sessions and spending 60–90 minutes on homework per class
  • Have a computer with a camera and microphone, headphones, Internet access, and proficiency with Zoom
  • Create a free Google account (or use an existing one) to access Google Classroom
  • Have a copy of In eynem: The New Yiddish Textbook  (available here)
  • Familiarize yourself with the Yiddish alphabet before the course begins (or take our alphabet course)
  • If you are a continuing student, review previous units of the textbook before the course begins

In eynem Level 1

Who should take this course? 
This course is designed for students with no prior Yiddish-language experience. Students should study the Yiddish alphabet or take our alef-beys course prior to the course start date. 

By the end of this course, you'll be able to: 

  • Greet people and introduce yourself 
  • Describe activities during a typical day and a typical week 
  • Talk about geography 
  • Have polite conversation 
  • Count objects and buy certain items at a store 
  • Describe your classrooms and workspaces 
  • Exchange simple information about everyday objects

Grammar: Present tense verb conjugations, pronouns, word order, negation, there is/there are 
Culture: Folksongs, brief history of Yiddish, poems, archival images 

Course schedule: 
Monday and Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET 
September 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
October 7, 9, 14, 21, 28, 30
November 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25
December 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18

Cost: $700 for members, $775 for nonmembers. The required textbook is sold separately at $100 in our online store

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations by September 9 will be refunded, minus a $30 administration fee. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds for cancellations after September 9.

Registration for this course opens in August.

In eynem Level 3

Who should take this course?
This course is designed for students who have taken In eynem Level 1 and 2 online courses, or have studied equivalent material (Chapters 18 of In Eynem: The New Yiddish Textbook).

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to: 

  • Ask and answer questions about your family
  • Discuss professions
  • Describe a person's physical appearance
  • Talk about activities you like and dislike

Grammar: Adjective endings; the accusative case; lib hobn (to like)
Culture: Folksongs; poems; film clips; archival images

In eynem Level 3 with Sasha Berenstein

Section 1: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. ET
September 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
October 7, 9, 14, 21, 28, 30
November 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25
December 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18

Cost: $700 for members; $775 for nonmembers. The required textbook is sold separately at $100 in our online store.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations by September 9 will be refunded, minus a $30 administration fee. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds for cancellations after September 9.

Registration for this course opens in August.

In eynem Level 3 with Moishele Alfonso

Section 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. ET
September 17, 19, 24, 26
October 1, 8, 10, 15, 22, 29, 31
November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26
December 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19

Cost: $700 for members; $775 for nonmembers.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations by September 9 will be refunded, minus a $30 administration fee. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds for cancellations after September 9.

Registration for this course opens in August.

This has been a dream of mine my entire adult life, and I had all but given up on it. I thought I was just too old to tackle this type of new learning. But now I believe it is possible for me to take this much further, and I hope to do so.
In eynem student

Questions? Please contact Margaret Selinger, education program assistant, at [email protected].