Yiddish in Venezia - Yiddish Seminar

The seminar is open to beginners and advanced students. Participants will be grouped accordingly. The beginners will learn the language with the alphabet, reading and conversational skills. The second class caters to advanced students and will be devoted to literature.

       The Teachers

Sonia Dratwa- Pinkusowitz:

Sonia is an associate professor at the Institute of Judaic Studies, The Free University of Hebrew and is the “Yiddish on the Brussels (U.L.B.). She has taught Yiddish at the University of Jerusalem, Columbia University, N.Y.C., founder of the Yiddish intensive summer courses Continent” held in alternative years in Brussels, Paris and Strasbourg. She is one of the most sought after and popular teachers of Yiddish in Europe. Her teaching is enjoyed by young and old who find her teaching methods engaging and effective.

Shura Lipovsky

Born in The Hague (The Netherlands), S. L. is one of the most highly regarded and sought after Yiddish artists on the international scene. She is a celebrated author, singer, composer and storyteller in Europe, Russia, The United States, Canada and Israel. Shura Lipovsky studied with Margareth Honig at the Rotterdam Conservatory, Yiddish with Mira Rafalowicz at the Oxford-Summer University and at the Maison de la Culture Yiddish (MCY) in Paris.

She studied choreography in the Dutch Institute for International Folk Dance (LCA) and theater at “L’Ecole Internationale de Theâtre” de Jacques Lecoq. (For further details, please visit her site: http://www.shuralipovsky.com)

Anita Norich

Professor Anita Norich teaches English, History and Jewish Literature at Michigan University, Ann Arbor. She is an internationally renown specialist in Yiddish literature. Professor North is the author of numerous articles and books; among them The Homeless Imagination in the Fiction of Israel Joshua Singer e Gender and Text in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, “Writing in Tongues: Translating yiddish in Twentieth Century, University of Washington Press, 2013; “Discovering Exile: Yiddish and Jewish American Culture During the Holocaust”, Stanford University Press, 2007.

Morning: Classes:


Classes will be held from Monday 3 - Friday 7 April.

9.00 - 10.30 (language and literature) 10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break.

11.00 - 12.30 (language and literature)

      Lunch: 12.30 - 14.00 at “Ghimel garden” (Kosher Restaurant in Campo del

  Ghetto Nuovo).

 Afternoon (1): Wednesday, Tuesday and Friday, 14.00 - 16.00, Singing


 Afternoon (2): 16.30 - After Classes, various activities will be organized: e.g.

  a visit to the Ghetto Museum, including a presentation describing the history of

 the Jewish community in Venice or a visit of the Venice of the emancipation

 period via the “heresies” in Venice.

 Evening: Tuesday and Thursday evening, two films will be shown; two jewels   of the yiddish cinema: “The Dibbuk" and “Tevye”.

Friday 7 April: For those who wish, synagogue services, to be followed by a shabbes meal at Ghimel garden (Kosher restaurant) where we will have the opportunity to discuss the week, sing ... and all in Yiddish, of course...


And then, time to say our farewells.


General information

Cost: 350 €/pers.

The fee includes classes, afternoon activities, lunch and shabbes meal. Accomodation and evening meals are not included.

 For accommodation, please visit the following sites which recommended  addresses at excellent and reasonable prices.  If you come as a group, you are advised to explore apartment rentals which are less  expensive than hotel room.

 AirB&B, Louer-Appartements-Venice.com, booking.com or any site for room or apartment rentals.


Information: Giuseppe Balzano (gbalzano1@gmail.com)

Beit venezia, Casa della Cultura ebraica, Castello 6392, 30124 Venezia, Italy.

Classes will be conducted in Yiddish, French and English.

3 April 2017 - 7 April 2017