Learn Yiddish

6 weeks 6 credits

May-June 2019

Details to be announced by November of 2018

Explore a rich and diverse Jewish language and culture, No previous background of any kind is required. 

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Hold a basic conversation like a native speaker;
  • Read a Yiddish newspaper or text with the aid of a dictionary;
  • Write about a variety of topics and in a variety of formats (letters, poems, scripts, etc.)
  • Be familiar with Yiddish culture from Eastern Europe through present-day Canada including music, literature, theatre and film. 

For more information or to be added to our emailing list and receive details when they are available, please contact the instructor: Prof. Rebecca Margolis, associate professor in the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program: rmargoli@uOttawa.ca

The Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program at the University of Ottawa presents its 2019 Yiddish Summer Institute, an intensive summer program that covers a full year of introductory Yiddish in six weeks (Introduction to Yiddish Language and Culture, YDD 1901 and YDD 1902)

THis COURSE will be of interest to students:

  • who require Yiddish language reading knowledge for their research;
  • who are interested in Yiddish performance of theatre or music;
  • for whom Yiddish is a family or heritage language;
  • who want to learn more about Eastern European Jewish culture ;
  • who wish to be able to translate out of or into Yiddish;
  • who seek to be creative in Yiddish;
  • who enjoy learning new languages.

Mature students are welcome.

No previous background is required.