Do you carry or do you shlep? Do you aspire to be a kind, responsible person or a mentch? Do you kvetch or do you complain? Explore how and why so many Yiddish words have become part of English. Understand what Yiddish truly is and why it is attracting more students now than it has in decades. Do you know that more than 500,000 people speak Yiddish as their daily or even primary language? Enjoy a “view from the trenches” as we revel in the enduring vitality of Yiddish culture and its recent revival.
Jon Levitow currently teaches Yiddish at Stanford and at UC Santa Cruz. He received a Ph.D. in English literature from Princeton and a BA from Stanford. He has studied Yiddish at the Los Angeles Arbeter Ring (Workmen's Circle) and at the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language's intensive language program, where he has also served as an instructor. Jon is a graduate of the Uriel Weinreich Yiddish Program at NYU and has published English translations of works by Yiddish poets Yisroel Shtern, Aaron Zeitlin, and Yosl Birstein.
Exploring the World of Judaism and Exploring Jewish Culture are programs of Congregation Shir Hadash and Jewish LearningWorks and are supported in part by the Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust and the Myra Reinhard Family Foundation.