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OT AZOY! Learn Yiddish August 2023 SOLD OUT

Sunday 20th August 2023 | 9:30 am Friday 25th August 2023 | 5:00 pm


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, and is led by the international expert in Yiddish 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, Head of faculty for The Golden Peacock (Goldene Pave), will also teach a daily session of Yiddish through song.

The faculty this year are

Khayele Beer, Sonia Pinkusowitz-Dratwa, Lily Kahn, Sima Beeri and Shura Lipovsky

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, 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. We can offer our students a discount on housing with the University of London.

Full rate £250
(£225 if booked before 1st June 2023)
Student / Senior rate £175 (£160 if booked before 1st June 2023)
Senior rate is set at 65+

Refund policy:
10% if cancelled before 1 June.
25% if cancelled before 1 July.
50% if cancelled after 1 August.

Daily timings:
Sunday 20th August: 1030am-6pm
Monday 21st August: 9.30am-7pm
Tuesday 22nd August: 9.30am-7pm
Wednesday 23rd August: 9.30am-7pm
Thursday 24th August: 9.30am-7pm
Friday 25th August: 9.30am-5pm

Jewish Music Institute
Room 536
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square,
London WC1H 0XG



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