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Yiddish Research: Studying Yiddish

Yiddish research guide covering general resources, article and books, folklore, genealogy, linguistics, literature, music and dance, oral history, theater, film, radio, translation and student resources.

Studying Yiddish

Where to Study Yiddish

Universities and cultural organizations around the world offer language courses, from regular classes to intensive summer programs. For more information, visit Yiddish Sources and In Geveb.


Language Courses Throughout the Year


Duolingo: Yiddish

Popular app uses game-like lessons to take students through 1,300 short lessons in about 250 hours


Maison de la culture Yiddish / Medem Bibliothèque (Paris)

Yiddish courses online for all levels, as well as regular cultural programming for all ages, throughout the year. 


Worker's Circle (New York) 

A wide selection of online Yiddish classes for various levels.



An animated site for learning Yiddish.


Summer Intensives

Short list - For more programs, visit Yiddish Sources and In Geveb.


International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture (Warsaw)

Three-week intensive course for all levels, with local field trips to cultural and historical sites.


Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program (Tel Aviv)

Intensive one-month summer Yiddish program at Tel Aviv University, with courses for all levels.


Uriel Weinreich Yiddish Summer Program (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York)

A six-week intensive summer course. YIVO also offers occasional language courses and many related public programs throughout the year.




There are many modern and historical Yiddish textbooks. See what your teacher recommends, or browse the Library's website under the subject heading Yiddish Language - Textbooks.