Introduction to Yiddish – Online Course

Sept. 8 - Dec. 11, 2009

Source: National Yiddish Book Center


The National Yiddish Book Center is offering an online Yiddish language course this fall through the University of Massachusetts' award-winning online education program. The course is for students who wish to explore the language and culture of Ashkenazic Jewry.


There are no prerequisites, and no knowledge of any Jewish language or the Jewish alphabet is expected. Over the course of the semester, students will learn to read, write, and converse in Yiddish and will be introduced to a number of Yiddish songs, poems, and folktales. By the end of the term, students should be able to converse in Yiddish on a variety of topics and to read simple Yiddish texts.


The online course may be taken as a non-credit or credit granting course.


The instructor, Simon Yuri Vedenapin, is the academic director of the National Yiddish Book Center's Summer Yiddish Program and teaches Yiddish language and culture at Harvard University.

Updated: Aug. 05, 2009