Language Study

Our language program offers children the opportunity to learn Yiddish, the language of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe, and exposure to Hebrew.  

Our language teachers are passionate educators who have been instrumental in inspiring new engagement with Yiddish language and culture in America and worldwide.

In the younger grades, children learn the alef-beys, the alphabet shared by both Hebrew and Yiddish. 

As students progress, they learn simple vocabulary and phrases through song, poetry, and creative projects.  They discuss the linguistic and historical relationship between Hebrew and Yiddish, and explore the role of both languages in Jewish identity and culture. 

 “This is Yiddish”, a project of YIVO and the Columbia School of Journalism, features our school and includes parents’ reflections on what it means that their children are studying Yiddish today.