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A huge proportion of the Yiddish-speaking world was lost during the Holocaust and in its immediate aftermath. However, waves of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe introduced Yiddish to the UK, Western Europe and the Americas bringing with it this rich tradition of literature, song and theatre, and Yiddish still remained a thriving language in Jewish diaspora communities, most notably in parts of North America. And of course some Yiddish words -shmuck, schmaltz, schlep – even made their way into contemporary parlance. Yiddish is still spoken in some communities around the world, but has mostly disappeared. It is preserved today through the contribution of wonderful teachers at courses worldwide.
JMI is committed to preserving Yiddish language and song, recording Yidishe Lider, a cd of East End Yiddish poet Majer Bogdanski’s poetry, devising a 60th Anniversary Celebration of The King of Lampedusa at Toynbee Hall and presenting in concert Ghetto Tango: Wartime Yiddish Theater, songs of the Polish ghetto by Adrienne Cooper and Zalmen Mlotek.
Since 2000, JMI has run Ot Azoy an annual Yiddish Summer School and The Golden Peacock (previously known as Tumbala!) (link to Golden Peacock), an annual Yiddish Song School as SOAS. It has also organised concerts and workshops across the UK with some of the world’s top performers and teachers of the Yiddish tradition including Michael Alpert, Khayele Beer, Joanne Borts, Hilda Bronstein, Efrim Chorny, Barry Davis, Pesakh Fiszman, Lily Kahn, Shura Lipovsky, Sonia Pinkusowitz, Polina Shepherd, Lorin Sklamberg and Heather Valencia.
Courses: Sep to Dec 2014
YIDDISH LOWER INTERMEDIATE
Start Date: 01/10/2014
End Date: 17/12/2014
Where: Liberal Jewish Synagogue, 28 St Johns Wood Road, NW8 7HA
Price: £180 (+£1 Booking Fee)
Yiddish Intermediate class at LJCC
Begins: Sunday 31st August at 11am
(and the weeks following until the end of term).
Another Intermediate class with readings and conversation will begin at 7pm on 6th October, following until the end of term, in Broadhurst Gardens NW3, 3 minutes from Finchley Road Underground.
For further information e-mail email@example.com.
They are also planning an advanced class with literature and conversation in St. Johns Wood. Details to be confirmed.
Courses at UCL
Please contact them through the department here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hebrew-jewish/contact-us