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February 2019

AJRCA Community Lecture Series: Introduction to the Yiddish Language

Learn basic reading, writing, conversational skills, and basic grammar of a unique rich and juicy heritage language language, the 1,000-year language of Ashkenazi Jews. This course will utilize specialized handouts as well as a textbook. (More information to be shared at the first class session). PLEASE NOTE: All students are required to have prior knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet (printed and cursive). Class Length: 6 sessions on Wednesdays in late February, March and early April Class Dates: 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/10 Meeting Time: 7:00-9:00pm…

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EK Velt – The Amazing Story of Yiddish at the Ends of the Earth: Then & Now

עק װעלט׃ די פֿאַרכאַפּנדיקע מעשׂה פֿון ייִדיש אין ביראָבידזשאַן Please join us for this amazing and unique story of Birobidzhan — a remote and forbidding territory in Russia’s far east that became the only land ever to have Yiddish as its official language. A multi-media presentation by native son and now beloved Yiddish educator in NYC Kolya Borodulin. Birobidzhan has one of the most interesting histories related to Russia and the USSR, and to Yiddish culture in particular. Known as…

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March 2019

The Art of Yiddish: Saving a Singular Endangered Language and Culture

Yiddish is the Germanic-based language spoken by most Jews in the world for a millennium and has been the vehicle for an as-yet unparalleled global Jewish artistic expression. But today, that minority language whose humor, wisdom and poignancy thoroughly inspired American popular culture, is in danger of extinction. In this program, Miri Koral, Founding Director of the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language, will discuss what makes this 1,000-year-old language so unique and what is being done to safeguard…

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