Student achievements, Yiddish themed parties, a new virtual store, and more!
Dear Friend of YAAANA and Yiddishland California,
This week, we have new additions and offerings on our Yiddishland website. The website is still being updated so it can replace the former YAAANA website by the end of the summer. In the new edition, we have included a section called Student
Achievements, where we display student essays who’ve finished their Yiddish classes with us until they move on to the advanced level. For those with birthdays, anniversaries, or other celebrations coming up, Yiddishland now offers in-person and remote, outdoor and indoor Yiddish-themed parties tailored to your needs. We provide food, drinks, and entertainment custom-made for family and friends! Finally, “Wooden Wars,” a play written and directed by our CEO, Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh, is back in stock, and available on DVD and for online viewing.
In the next few weeks, we will be offering the following events and courses:
Featured Event: August Art Walk with Manzanita Blues – La Jolla’s monthly Art Walk featuring music by the band Manzanita Blues! – Friday, August 5, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Live performance by Manzanita Blues from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. – more information below.
Featured Course: Yiddish for Beginners II with Tanya Yakovleva – for those already familiar with the alfa-beys, this class taught by Tanya will expand on that knowledge through discussion of Yiddish media and culture – starting on Monday, July 25, 2022, from 1 p.m. PT (3 p.m. CT, 4 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. in most of Europe, 11 p.m. in Israel) to 2:30 p.m. PT – more information below.
NEW! Student Achievements – Read essays of students who finished their Yiddish classes with us until the advanced level – more information below.
NEW! Celebrate Yiddish-themed birthdays, anniversaries, and more with Yiddishland California. Click here to learn more.
Check out our online Yiddish and Ladino courses here. Click here for Yiddish courses. Click here for Ladino courses. Tutoring in Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Polish, and Russian available upon request.
We are still offering memberships for the year, as well as positions for interns and volunteers to help us with our expansion. Memberships and internships are available remotely and in-person. We are also welcoming donations. Donations to our non-profit organization are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. More information can be found on our website: www.yiddishlandcalifornia.org
The YAAANA and Yiddishland team
August Art Walk with Manzanita
On Friday, August 5, Yiddishland CA is participating in La Jolla’s monthly art walk and will have a variety of artwork and Judaica available for purchase. Join us for drinks, snacks, Yiddish entertainment, and the opportunity to see wonderful, original artwork. As a new feature, this month we will have live music at the Art Walk. Local band Manzanita Blues will be joining us for a few hours to get everyone dancing and enjoying the holiday weekend. You can find out more about the band by clicking here.
A link to obtain a free parking pass for this event will be e-mailed to registered participants.
When: Friday, August 5, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.; live performance by
Manzanita Blues from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Yiddishland California
Tickets: Free! Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Tickets: Manzanita Blues
Manzanita Blues is an energetic blues/rock band based in San Diego. This musical powerhouse features the red hot guitar licks of Mike VanDuyn, smoky vocals of Lisa Domkat, solid rhythm of Gary Orlansky & Jim Eischen, incredible keys of Pat Kelley and soaring harmonica & rhythm guitar of Karl Dring. Warning: Manzanita Blues music may give you an overwhelming feeling of euphoria & the inability to control your feet!
Yiddish for Beginners II with Tanya
If you are already familiar with the alef-beys, then this is the course for you. We will follow the interdisciplinary approach to language learning using different Yiddish textbooks. Through watching informative videos about famous figures in Yiddish culture, discussing films, and singing Yiddish songs, this course will cover all four areas of language learning: speaking, writing, reading, and listening.
When: Mondays, starting on Monday, July 25, 2022, ending on
September 26, 2022; from 1 p.m. PT (3 p.m. CT, 4 p.m. ET, 10
p.m. in most of Europe, 11 p.m. in Israel) to 2:30 p.m. PT.
Where: Online Via Zoom
Cost: Early Bird (before next Tuseday, July 19) and Students
(with valid Student ID): $230 all 10 weeks or $25 for a 90 minute
General Cost (after July 19): $270 all 10 weeks or $30 for a 90
minute online class.
Instructor: Tanya Yakovleva
Tanya Yakovleva studied Comparative Literature, Classical, Slavic, Jewish, and Media Studies at the universities of Kharkiv, Regensburg, Bari, and San Diego. Tanya received her PhD in Russian and Jewish Studies from the University of Regensburg in 2019 and since then she has been teaching for YAAANA.
Wooden Wars is available on the new
Yiddishland virtual store.
Yiddishland has a new virtual store where you can purchase “Wooden Wars” to view either online or on DVD. Click the orange button below to visit the store.
“Wooden Wars” is a bilingual play that focuses on the lives of four young Catholics from modern Poland, each of whom changes forever when they discover that they might have Jewish roots. As the play shifts from an even blend of Yiddish and English to almost entirely Yiddish, it invites us to question: is Yiddish the key to understanding Jewish-Polish history?
More items will be coming soon to our virtual store!
Student Achievements is a new section of our website where we display student essays who’ve finished their Yiddish classes with us until the advanced level. We already have the essays of four students on the site right now! Those essays are by Asher
Yitzhok Oster, Tevye (Todd) Leavitt, Khane-Mashe (Martha) Birnbaum, and Miriam Servetter. Click the orange button below to check out their Yiddish essays!