Bossie Dubowick YiddishSchool Online: 2022 Faculty

Language Faculty:

Moishele Alfonso was born in Memphis, Tennessee and received his BA in German and French from the University of Memphis. In 2013, he moved to Miami Beach, Florida and began studying Yiddish with a private instructor. He attended the YIVO Summer Program in 2018 and participated in the Yiddish Book Center’s Yiddish Pedagogy Program in 2018-2019, where he was trained to teach with their new Yiddish textbook, In eynem. Moishele has taught both beginners and intermediate-advanced adult students at Beth Torah Synagogue in Aventura, Florida, as well as seventh- to ninth-grade former students of Sholem Aleichem College in Melbourne, Australia. He will teach the Unit 1 course at YiddishSchool Online.

Adrien Smith holds a PhD in Slavic languages and literatures from Stanford University. Her research looks at Yiddish speech style in Russian literature and performance in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as at Soviet science fiction. She has taught Russian and Yiddish languages and literatures at Stanford, where she also leads the Yiddish reading group. She earned her BA from Wellesley College and MPhil from Cambridge University. In 2021, she taught one section of Beginning Yiddish at the Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program. As a 2021-2022 Translation Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center, Adrien is translating a selection of short works of fiction by emerging Yiddish writers, including Aleksandra Polyan, Etl Niborski, Shiri Shapira, Raphael Halff, and Emil Kalin. She will teach the Unit 2 course at YiddishSchool Online.

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 Unit 3 course at YiddishSchool Online. 

Workshop Leaders:

Cantor Jeff Warschauer is internationally renowned as a one of the foremost exponents of the klezmer mandolin, as an innovator in the development of a klezmer guitar style, as an expressive Yiddish singer, and as a skillful and inspirational educator. A graduate of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Jeff is Cantor at The Jewish Center of Princeton, NJ. He is on the faculty of Columbia University and is a Founding Artistic Director and Senior Artistic Advisor of the KlezKanada Institute for Yiddish/Jewish Culture.

Deborah Strauss is one of the leading klezmer fiddlers of her generation. She is also an award-winning children’s educator and a highly regarded Yiddish dancer and dance leader. She has performed with the Klezmatics and appears in the film Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem. Deborah is co-director of both the instrumental music program and the dance program at Yiddish New York and, with Alan Bern, is the author of Klezmer Duets for Violin and Accordion, published in 2017 by Universal Edition, Vienna.

As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, they have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Great Britain’s Fiddles on Fire, the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, and the Art of Yiddish in Los Angeles with the late actor and singer Theodore Bikel. Together, they lead some of the most popular klezmer music, Yiddish song, and traditional dance workshops throughout North America and Eastern and Western Europe. Both teach regularly at KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar, and the Warsaw International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture.

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