2018 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 will teach the advanced beginner course at YiddishSchool.

Mark Slobin is the Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Emeritus at Wesleyan University and the author or editor of books on Afghanistan and Central Asia, eastern European Jewish music, film music, and ethnomusicology theory, two of which have received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award: Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World and Tenement Songs: Popular Music of the Jewish Immigrants. His current project surveys the musical life of his hometown, Detroit, from the 1940s-60s. He has been President of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Society for Asian Music and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He will teach the culture course 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 will teach 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 will teach the intermediate course at YiddishSchool.

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