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JMI’s Ot Azoy 2022 – Learn Yiddish

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SUNDAY 3RD APRIL, JMI, SOAS, MAIN BUILDING RECEPTION, WC1H 0XG
LEVEL 1 REGISTERS FROM 2PM
ALL OTHER LEVELS FROM 3PM

Sunday 3rd April Thursday 7th April

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 4 levels
Level 1 – Beginners
Level 2 – Intermediate
Level 3 – Upper Intermediate
Level 4 – Advanced

Please make sure that you choose the correct level out of the 8 tickets below.
2 per level, Adult or Student

Khayele Beer leads a faculty of world class Yiddish tutors, artists, presenters and experts.
Sonia Pinkusowitz-Dratwa

Lily Kahn
Sima Beeri

Polina Shepherd
Polina Shepherd of the JMI Yiddish Song School will also teach a daily session Yiddish song and Polina will also lead a Yiddish choir.

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.

Times:

Sunday – Beginner register from 2pm and then go to a session on Yiddish Alex beys and origins, then a welcome session, a lecture, a film and the klezfest jam and social in the evening.

Monday – 9.30am – 5pm / lecture
Tuesday – 9.30am – 5pm / lecture
Wednesday – 9.30am – 5pm / Klezfest Concert
Thursday – 9.30am – 5pm


Daily structure (Mon-Thu)
09.30-1100: Language Classes
1130-1300: Language Classes
1400-1500: Yiddish Song Repertoire for all
1500-1600: Conversation classes
1600-1700: Help with Homework.
1700-1800: Yiddish Choir
1800-1900: Lecture/Film
1900-2300: Klezmer Jam in the Bar

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

  • This is the only opportunity in the UK to immerse yourself in the deep and inspiring world of Yiddish culture for man intensive 5 days 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. Yiddish, Yiddish Song and Klezmer courses all run concurrent to each other, making for an authentic immersion in Yiddish culture.
  • The programme is based at SOAS, the heart of Ethnomusicology and the study of world cultures in the UK, at Russell Square in the heart of central London. What better chance to combine meeting an eclectic bunch of Yiddish enthusiasts with exploring one of Europe’s finest capital cities.
  • 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.

    ACCOMMODATION: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF HOSTELS AND ECONOMY HOTELS IN THE AREA AROUND RUSSELL SQUARE AS WELL AS AROUND EUSTON AND KINGS CROSS AREA. WE ADVISE YOU TO SEARCH OUT THE BEST PRICES WELL IN ADVANCE AND LOCATION ACCORDING TO YOUR NEEDS.

Helen Beer

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 Khayale Beer here


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.

Picture: Helen Beer (left and Sonia Pinkusowitz-Dratwa right)


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.


Sima Beeri

Dr Sima Beeri is a native Yiddish speaker born in Kovno, Lithuania. She holds a PhD in Modern Jewish History from the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London. She has a keen interest in Yiddish language and culture. Her PhD on ‘Language in its Place: Yiddish as seen through the historical prism of Literarishe Bleter 1924-1939’ will be shortly published as a book. She is currently teaching a weekly Yiddish course at JW3 and running other Yiddish sessions independently. She has published several articles and continues to research Yiddish-related topics.


Polina Shepherd - Yiddish Song Repertoire and Yiddish Choir

Whilst living in Kazan (capital of Tatarstan, Russia) and studying at the State Academy, Polina joined Russia′s first klezmer band after Perestroika, Simkha and toured in dark Soviet theatres, to Boris Yeltsin and to the World in 1998-2002.

She is one of the first generation of musicians of the Yiddish revival scene in Eastern Europe: acting as a programme director, educator and performer she has been involved in festivals, conferences and seminars globally.

Now living in Britain, Polina leads four choirs and continues to tour internationally as a Yiddish and Russian singer. Her compositions, including music for theatre, large and small scale choir pieces and other vocal settings for Yiddish poems are performed by soloists and choirs all over the world.



Covid-19: We view our guidelines for managing risk of Covid-19 as a shared responsibility.

All of us as individuals:
The JMI staff and team are all vaccinated
We take lateral flow tests regularly and will be doing so throughout the week.
Please test yourself regularly.
We will be wearing masks for the duration of the week.
We kindly ask that you take our initiative and do the same.

Managing the site:
All of our classrooms will be ventilated.
We are limiting numbers to our classes and our events
The campus is out of term time so there will be no other students on site except us.
Please maintain social-distancing from others.

FEES:
Full rate £250
Student / Senior rate £150 / Scholarships £125
Senior rate is set at 65+
Scholarship rate / Technical Scholarships please contact the team.

Refund policy – deductions are made due to the level of administration each studentships/application at different stages of preparation.
10% deducted if cancelled before 1 March.
25% deducted if cancelled after 1 April.

If due to the pandemic and Covid-19 restrictions that we are forced to move from in-person to online, then we will give you the option to accept either the switch from in-person to online or request a refund, in line with the refund policy timeline. (above)

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