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Ot Azoy 2016


Sunday 7th August 2016
Friday 12th August 2016
£135 – £250


Vernon Square, Penton Rise, Kings Cross
London, WC1X 9EW United Kingdom
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020 7898 4307

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Discover JMI’s famous full immersion courses in Yiddish Language, Song and Culture for people of all ages, levels and backgrounds, where even complete beginners learn to speak, read, write, sing and even dream in Yiddish in a week.

Ot Azoy Yiddish language classes are held at 5 levels, and is directed by the head of Yiddish at UCL, Dr Khayele Beer with a faculty of world class Yiddish tutors and experts. As well as hands-on classroom teaching, it also features an extensive cultural programme of music, theatre, poetry and lectures from a world of Yiddish past and present. Shura Lipovsky, the outstanding Director of The Golden Peacock (Goldene Pave), will also teach a daily session of Yiddish through song.

Here are a few reasons why this promises to be a week not to be missed this summer

  • This is the only opportunity in the UK to immerse yourself in the deep and inspiring world of Yiddish culture for a whole week through language, literature, song and film with interesting and like-minded people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
  • You will have the privilege of working with some of the UK and Europe’s top educators and performers. No matter what your level in Yiddish whether a beginner or a budding linguist, professional singer or amateur enthusiast, you will benefit from the width and breath of programmes on offer through the week, both day and night.
  • The language and song schools run parallel during the week. Sessions for the week include reading, writing and speaking Yiddish, song master classes, concerts, film and discussion of the Yiddish scene in London and beyond.
  • The programme is based at SOAS, the heart of Ethnomusicology and the study of world cultures in the UK, on the doorstep of King’s Cross in central London. What better chance to combine meeting an eclectic bunch of Yiddish enthusiasts with exploring one of Europe’s finest capital cities including a special guided walk through London’s historical Jewish East End?
  • Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the JMI team for extra information about the course, accommodation advice or financial support.

Full rate £250
Discount rate £235 (if paid in full by 1 May)
Returnee full-price students get an additional £15 off making the early bird returnee discounted price £220.

Student / Senior rate £150
Discount Student / Senior rate £135 (if paid in full by 1 May)
No returnee discount his available at the student/senior rate

Senior rate is set at 65+

Helen Khayele Beer, Ot Azoy! Course Director

Helen Khayele Beer is Course Director of Ot Azoy! London and She is the Bentsion Margulies Lecturer in Yiddish, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London. She has taught Yiddish at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and is a veteran of Yiddish Intensive Summer Courses in Oxford, Brussels, Paris. She has produced an annual Yiddish Purim Shpil with students at UCL for over a decade and produced a full length Yiddish play in 2002. Read more about Dr. Helen Beer

Shura Lipovsky

Shura Lipovsky (Director of the Golden Peacock Yiddish Song School) was born in The Hague (Netherlands) and is a highly valued performer of Yiddish song. Writer and composer of new Yiddish songs, she appears as a singer and storyteller in Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Russia, the United States and Canada. She produced several cd’s, ‘Moments of Jewish Life’, ‘Heroes and Poets’ and ‘Tsart’. Her new CD ‘Vaytinke’ was presented December 2013.She was featured in Dutch, Belgian, American and Canadian documentaries (‘Jiddisj is mijn instrument’, ‘Terpe Kind Mains, Terpe’, ‘Yiddish Soul’, ‘Journey 4 Artists’, ‘Wandering Muse’). In 2008 and 2012 she was a member of the jury for the International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam.Read more about Shura Lipovsky
More faculty to be confirmed, please check back for more details.

Lily Kahn

Lily Kahn teaches Yiddish and Hebrew in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL. She is the author of Colloquial Yiddish (Routledge, 2011), a Yiddish coursebook for beginners. She is interested in Yiddish linguistics, the relationship between Hebrew and Yiddish in Eastern Europe, Jewish languages, and endangered language revitalisation. She is passionate about introducing the Yiddish language to learners in an enjoyable and accessible way.

Sonia Pinkusowitz-Dratwa

A much loved Ot Azoy! teacher, Sonia is an associate professor at the Institute of Judaic Studies, The Free University of Brussels (U.L.B.). She has taught Yiddish at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Columbia University, N.Y.C., and is the founder of the Yiddish intensive summer courses “Yiddish on the Continent” held in alternative years in Brussels, Paris and Strasbourg. She is one of the most sought after and popular teachers of Yiddish in Europe. A mainstay of Ot Azoy!, her teaching is enjoyed by young and old who find her teaching methods engaging and effective.

Barry Davis

Barry Davis was born in Hackney to Yiddish-speaking parents, is a writer and lecturer on Jewish History and has been teaching Yiddish for many years. He has written widely on Yiddish literature, including essays on major writers and on Yiddish translation. He has acted in, and advised on Yiddish on a number of films, and taught various courses, and has acted on stage in both Yiddish and English. He leads a Yiddish discussion group at the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre in Hendon, and is a frequent interpreter, mostly for the Hasidic community in Stamford Hill.


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If you would like to apply by post as opposed to online then please download the form and send back with a cheque to:

Jewish Music Institute
Room 536
The School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square,
London WC1H 0XG

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