YiddishSchool: 2020 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. Kolya will teach "Leyent Forverts mit fargenign! (Read the Yiddish Forward with pleasure!)" at YiddishSchool.

Madeleine (Mindl) Cohen is the director of translation and collections initiatives at the Yiddish Book Center. Mindl has a PhD in Comparative Literature with an emphasis in Jewish Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a western Massachusetts native, she grew up in Greenfield and attended Hampshire College, where her studies focused on German and German-Jewish literature. As an undergraduate, Mindl participated in the Yiddish Book Center's Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, which set her on the path of Yiddish Studies, and more recently she was a Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellow. Before coming (back) to the Center, she worked as the Editor-in-Chief for In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies and taught Yiddish language at Harvard University. Mindl will teach the beginner course at YiddishSchool.

Anna Fishman Gonshor, Faculty Lecturer of Yiddish Studies (retired) in the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University (1998-2014), is also on the faculty of the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at YIVO, where she has taught since 2000. She has been guest lecturer for several university Yiddish programs and various institutions across North America, including KlezKanada. She speaks and lectures to study groups and organizations locally and abroad in English and in Yiddish. In 2009 and 2011 she chaired the academic symposia at McGill University in association with the First and Second International Yiddish Theatre Festivals organized by the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre. Her publications include articles in Yiddish, English, and French in the academic and popular press. As a translator, her work includes film, articles for academic publications, and archival materials. In addition, she served as coordinator of Yiddish studies for the Jewish People's and Peretz Schools and Bialik High School in Montreal, where she edited and created Yiddish language teaching materials. She also served on the select committee overseeing the texts and content of the renovated Montreal Holocaust Museum. Anna will teach "An Encounter with Yiddish Short Stories" 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 a continutation course of her 2019 advanced beginner course at YiddishSchool. 

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