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Yiddish Yesterday and Today

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Yiddish Yesterday and Today

Sunday, April 1, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018

This spring, Spertus Institute proudly partners with local Jewish community organizations to present a series of programs in Skokie, all about Yiddish, past and present.

Whether you grew up reading the Forverts or are newly drawn to today’s Yiddish resurgence, there will be something for you.

Learn about Yiddish history, literature, and culture through lectures, courses, books discussions, performances and more.

The Yiddish program series is presented by the Chicago Adult Jewish Learning Initiative, spearheaded by Spertus Institute with funding from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

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We believe it matters why, what, how, and certainly if, members of our community continue to learn about Judaism and topics of Jewish interest. It matters to Jewish involvement, to the interests we instill in our children, the strength of our organizations, and the health and vitality of Jewish life. That is why Spertus Institute, with funding from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, spearheads a community-wide initiative around this issue, bringing professionals together to learn from and with each other, and to plan collaborative opportunities to learn.

Learn about this initiative in an article written Spertus Provost and VP Dr. Dean P. Bell at the time of our community's first collaborative program. READ>

Do you plan programs for adults at a Chicago-area synagogue, agency, or organization and aren't yet involved in this initiative? Contact Beth Schenker at


Mel Bochner, Joys of Yiddish, 2006, detail. Commissioned by Spertus Institute as part of The Language Barriera series of artworks on the 610 S. Michigan Avenue construction barrier.