Yiddish Language and Culture
Its Joys and Simchas
Riva Ginsburg

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This conversational four-week lecture series on Yiddish language and culture is spiced with singing, proverb, folklore, insult and humor, mit a bissel history and literature. Learn how to kvetch, kvell and kibbitz if you don't know how to already. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is needed and there is something for every level from novice to fluent speaker. Transliterated Yiddish will be used and you will discover Yiddish in a whole new way. You will learn about the language that was spoken in Europe, or refresh your own personal knowledge of Yiddish. We start with a lecture on Yiddish in America and how it is infused in our pop culture. At the end of the lectures, enrollees should be able to speak simple sentences, sing songs and learn about Yiddish literature. Some participants may even wish to learn to read and write Yiddish with Hebrew letters.
1. The history of Yiddish language and culture, it's humor and the joy it brings us.
2. Speaking mamaloshen (the mother tongue) and learning grammar to conjugate simple verbs.
3. Building a vocabulary through music and continuing to form sentences and write stories.
4. Exploring where Yiddish is today, it's future and what scholars say is its place in society.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Riva Ginsburg  has taught Yiddish Language and Culture at both State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton and Florida Atlantic University.  While at Binghamton she was credited as having the largest Yiddish program in the country with over 100 students each semester. Riva was born in a displaced person camp in Fahrenvald, Germany after World War II and Yiddish was her native tongue.  She received an undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University and completed graduate work in the field of education. Riva has run Hillel programs and has completed training in conflict management and mediation at Columbia Teachers College. She also has taught in Elderhostel Programs, synagogues and various organizations.

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Date: Wednesdays, April 30; May 7, 14, 21
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member