Yiddish Classes

NEW Yiddish Activities – Fall 2021


Yiddish Film Series

Wednesday 11/10/2021
7:00-9:00 pm at Temple Shalom

Image Before My Eyes (1981, English, 90 min)
Temple Shalom invites members of the Jewish community to view a screening of the documentary Image Before My Eyes (Bild Far Di Oygn). One of the first documentaries about Jewish civilization on the eve of the Holocaust, Image Before My Eyes, tells the story of European Jewry using rare photographs and video from 1920s and 1930s. Along with interviews with Holocaust survivors in English, Hebrew, Polish and Yiddish, this documentary from acclaimed director Josh Waletzky provides important insight into Jewish culture before the Second World War. Suitable for teen to adult audiences.

This movie screening is free. RSVP required at templeshalomyiddish@gmail.com if you would like attend. Temple member David Katz will lead a brief discussion and Q&A after the movie.
A sheynem dank (thank you) to the Tycher Library at the Dallas JCC for making the movie available.


Yiddish in Translation Reading Group

Tuesday 11/16/2021
7:00-8:00 via Zoom

Temple member David Katz will moderate a discussion of three recent translations of Yiddish authors who addressed the topic of racism. These three selections illustrate how several prominent Jewish authors of the 19th and early 20th centuries compared anti-Semitism in Europe with racism in America. However, the translations can be troubling. While they certainly expose of the evils of racism, the translations also illustrate the prejudices of their authors. These translations do document racist language, and as such, are best suitable for an adult audience.

Click on the links below from the Yiddish/English online journal In Geveb to read the English portions of the articles before the Zoom meeting on 11/16:
Leyb Malakh’s Mississippi (exceprt from a play about a falsely accused African American man)
Joseph Opatoshu’s A Lynching (excerpt from a story about a lynching)
Isaac Meyer Dik’s Slavery or Serfdom (excerpt from this Yiddish translation of Uncle Tom’s Cabin)

Participation is free. RSVP at templeshalomyiddish@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.



Learn to  ReadAlef-Beys (the Yiddish Alphabet)
Learn to read Alef-Beys (the Yiddish alphabet) at an easy and relaxed pace. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is required – so students of all levels and ages are welcome to join the class! 

Dates for Fall 2021 Yiddish Reading Class:
Sundays Oct 3, 17, 24; Nov 7, 14; Dec 5, 12
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: This class is taught via Zoom.

To get the Zoom link along with a copy of the Yiddish text, and to be added to our Yiddish class email list, please contact teacher David Katz at yiddish@templeshalomdallas.org.


Yiddish Handwriting Class: Write by Hand with Alef-Beys (the Yiddish Alphabet) 
Learn to write by hand with Alef-Beys (the Yiddish Alphabet. The class assumes no: prior ability to read Hebrew or Yiddish.

Dates:  Mondays –  Sept 27; Oct 4, 18, 25; Nov 8, 15; Dec 6, 13
Time: 7:30-8:30 pm
Class is taught via Zoom until October. 
Text:  F
ree download of Mayn Alef-Beys by Kaminski from Yiddish Book Center; Click here to download pdf of text.

To get the Zoom link and to be added to our Yiddish Handwriting class email list, please contact teacher David Katz at yiddish@templeshalomdallas.org.






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