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Yiddish in Berlin

The First Summer Program for Yiddish Language and Literature in Berlin will take place at the Institute for East European Studies at the Free University of Berlin between August 14th and September 1st 2017.

 Registration for individual activities 

14/08, 15:30 | Yiddishland in Berlin / Speaker : Gertrud Pickhan (lecture in English) | for information and reservation

15/08, 16:00 | Murdered Poets – on the Tragedy of Soviet Yiddish Literature / Speaker : Andrej Jendrusch (lecture in German) | for information and reservation

18/08, 15:30 | Screening of the film On a heym (1939) | for information and reservation

21/08, 16:30 | Let’s Collect For Justice ! Khurbn Research as Jewish Civil Resistance before, during, and after the Genocide / Speaker : Miriam Schulz (lecture in English) | for information and reservation

22/08, 16:30 : Screening of the film Undzere kinder (1948) | for information and reservation

24/08, 16:00 | Histories of Words / Speaker : Simon Neuberg (lecture in Yiddish) | for information and reservation

26/08, 19:30 | The Making of Yiddishland / Speaker : Efrat Gal-Ed (lecture in English) | for information and reservation

27/08, 19:00 | Yiddish and Critical Theory / Speaker : Raphael Koenig (lecture in English) | for information and reservation

28/08, 16:00 | The Yiddish of Shayles-utshuves (Rabbinical Responsa) – Between Spoken and Written Language / Speaker : Moshe Taube (lecture in English) | for information and reservation

29/08, 16:30 | Task of the Translator – Transmitting Yiddish Literature in German / Speaker : Gernot Jonas (lecture in German) | for information and reservation

30/08, 19:00 | Concert : “Karsten Troyke with Friends” |  for information and reservation

 Teaching staff under the direction of Yitskhok Niborski : 

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Level 1
Sonia Pinkusowicz-Dratwa (Martin Buber Institute, Bruxelles), Annick Prime-Margules (Paris Yiddish Center) and Karolina Szymaniak (Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw).

Level 2
Sharon Bar-Kochva (Paris Yiddish Center) and Sonia Pinkusowicz-Dratwa and Annick Prime-Margules (Paris Yiddish Center).

Level 3
Sharon Bar-Kochva and Natalia Krynicka (Paris Yiddish Center).

Level 4
Karolina Szymaniak and Natalia Krynicka

Tutoring and orientation
Annick Prime-Margules (Paris Yiddish Center).

 Afternoon program : 

Workshops : singing (with Karsten Troyke), theatrical improvisation (with Tal Hever-Chybowski), conversation (with Sharon Bar-Kochva) and cooking (with Annick Prime-Margules).

Guided tours : « Yiddish Berlin », Scheunenviertel, and the Jewish Cemetery of Weißensee.

Lectures in Yiddish, German and English.

Film screenings.

 Tuition : 

680 €.
Students under 30 : 480 €.
Scholarships may be granted (mainly for students).

 Inscription : 

Download the registration form.

 For questions :

 Courses will take place at : 

Osteuropa-Institut (Freie Universität Berlin)
Garystraße 55, 14195 Berlin
Information about public transportation :

 Organizers : 

Organizing Committee : Sharon Bar-Kochva, Tomer Dotan, Gadi Goldberg, Ilay Halpern, Raphael Koenig, Natalia Krynicka, Miriam Schulz, Janina Wurbs.

Coordinator : Tal Hever-Chybowski

The summer program is organized by the Paris Yiddish Center – Medem Library (Maison de la culture yiddish – Bibliothèque Medem), in cooperation with the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Free University of Bruxelles and the Institute for East European Studies at the Free University of Berlin.





Supported by the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, the Friede Springer Stiftung, the Szloma-Albam-Stiftung and the Binyumen Schaechter Foundation.


Binyumen Schaechter Foundation


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