Yiddish Language

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

Led by the incomparable Kolya Borodulin, the Workmen’s Circle’s Master Yiddish Teacher, our program also offers parents opportunities to learn Yiddish alongside their children, in person and on-line.

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.

To learn more about Yiddish language instruction for adults through the Workmen’s Circle, New York’s leading center for Yiddish language instruction, click here