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Ot Azoy

Sunday 12th August 2012 | 9:30 am - Friday 17th August 2012 | 6:30 pm

Ot Azoy

JMI’s famous full immersion course in Yiddish Language and Culture for people of all ages, levels and backgrounds – where even complete beginners learn to speak, read, write and even dream in Yiddish in a week. Classes are held at 4 levels, led, as ever by Helen (Khayele) Beer with her popular team of  Sonia Pinkusowitz, Heather Valencia and  Lily Kahn and with Barry Davis presenting films. Shura Lipovsky, Director of the JMI Yiddish Song School, will be teaching a daily session of Yiddish through song. You will also be amazed at how much you are able to learn about reading writing and speaking Yiddish in only one week.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the execution of Soviet Yiddish writers and so we will feature literature and poetry from this period, together with a chance to watch rare films of the era presented by Barry Davis. https://www.jmi.org.uk/event/from-revolution-to-repression/

We are edging closer to our week-long Yiddish Language Summer School Ot Azoy! and it’s sister programme the Golden Peacock Song School but there is still time to book, and here are a few reasons why this promises to be a week not to be missed this summer… There is more to Yiddish than to ‘schlep’ and have ‘chutzpah’. Now is your chance to experience a truly special week with interesting and like-minded people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

  • 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.
  • 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. Please contact louise.shiels@jmi.org.uk and she’ll do her best to help whether you want extra information about the course, accommodation advice or financial support.


Sunday 12th August 2012 | 9:30 am
Friday 17th August 2012 | 6:30 pm


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