First Friday Art Walk Reminder, Yiddish Classes for Absolute Beginners, Our Anniversary Festivities, and More!

Dear Friend of YAAANA and Yiddishland California,

This week, we have some exciting news. The No End to Yiddishland Campaign has been asking for your support to turn our pop-up Yiddishland into a permanent cultural center. Our goal is to raise $20,000 to be able to keep our location in the village of La Jolla. In the past three days, we have already raised $1,600! We thank you for your support and remind you that donations are still being accepted here! Other highlights include updated dates for Yiddish for Absolute Beginners so we can accommodate everybody. We have also added some new Yiddishland souvenirs to our online store. Lastly, YAAANA’s Fifth Anniversary, Yiddishland California’s First Anniversary, and our Annual Fundraiser Celebration is coming up! We will celebrate both in person and online. Read more below. In the next few weeks we will be offering the following events and courses:

-Featured Course: there is still time to sign up for Yiddish for Beginners I with Arturo Kerbel – Per your request, we postponed the classes to begin a week from now. This course helps build Jewish identity through learning how to read and write in Yiddish – now starting on August 11, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PT (3 p.m. CT, 4 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. GMT), ending on September 15, 2022. More information below

-NEW! No End to Yiddishland – Our Anniversary Celebration – Come support Yiddishland and celebrate five years of success within our community on August 27th, 7 p.m. PT. The event will be broadcast on Zoom. More information below.

No End to Yiddishland campaign link can be found here. You can donate via Go Fund Me, PayPal, or check. We recommend using the Go Fund Me campaign since it has no additional transaction fees other than a suggested tip to Go Fund Me which you can easily skip. The Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America is classified as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization by the standards of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

-Therefore all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law

-NEW! New Yiddishland Souvenirs are now available in our online store – you can view them here. These souvenirs are a part of our fundraiser and therefore are only available until September 1, 2022 to help us reach our fundraising goal.

-NEW! A special thank you goes out to all our interns who help our organization grow, and learn a bisele Yiddishkeit in the meantime! Thank you, German Bernate Obando, Illonna Gross, Michael Almond, and Dawson Bolen! We could not have created such a beautiful community without all of their help. See some of our interns’ work here! Check out this section if you want to join us this summer or fall as an intern or volunteer!

-NEW! We also made changes to our membership offerings. Memberships are available remotely and in person.

Stay Cool and entertained,
The YAAANA and Yiddishland team

Yiddish for Beginners I with Arturo Kerbel 

Yiddish for Beginners II

The alef beys and your first Yiddish words are building blocks of Jewish identity, culture, and heritage. Join us and learn how to read and write in Yiddish. You will master some basic words and useful phrases. Music and poetry will be used to enrich the experience. 

When: Thursdays, starting on Thursday, August 11, 2022, ending on September 15, 2022; starting at 1 p.m. PT (3 p.m. CT, 4 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. GMT), Each session will be 60 min long.

Where: Online Via Zoom

Cost: $25 per session or 6 sessions for $120

Teacher: Arturo Kerbel

Arturo Kerbel is a clinical psychologist (U Iberoamericana, Mexico), cognitive neuroscientist (UCL, King’s College London), and lifelong Yiddish activist. He led a student group resisting the exclusion of Yiddish from the school curriculum, received a grant from the Abraham Golomb Fund at age 14, and from the Ashkenazi Community at age 16, to continue with the fight. He founded Idishe Shtub Mx, a group of young Yiddish activists offering lessons and other cultural activities. He is the current coordinator of Yiddish House London, an informal organization planning Yiddish trips for young people around Europe, Yiddish lessons, Jewish holiday celebrations, and outreach projects in Jewish communities in Lithuania and Belarus.

No End to Yiddishland – Our Anniversary Celebration

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We are excited to invite you to YAAANA’s 5th Anniversary, Yiddishland California’s First Anniversary, and our Annual Fundraiser Celebration, featuring musical stars of the Yiddish stage! Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz, and Lisa Fishman will perform a concert titled No End to Yiddishland! Our President, Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh, will report on the highlights of Yiddishland in 5782 and the plans for 5783. Enjoy great music, company, heimish nosh and drinks, all going to a great cause!

When: Saturday, August 27, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time (9 p.m CT, 10 p.m ET)

Where: An outdoor venue. Address provided upon registration. The event will be broadcast on Zoom.


-In-person: sliding scale $60 – $180; student $36 (student ID required). Early bird tickets for $54 available until August 19.
-Online via Zoom: sliding scale $20-36. Early bird tickets for $18 available until August 19. 

Donations of $180 and up get you a shout-out at the event, a mention in the program, and a surprise Yiddishland gift at the event.

Additional donations to the fundraiser for this 501(c)(3) organization (tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law) are welcome and can be made here. Your donations will help sustain Yiddishland Califonia’s cultural center in 5783.

About Our Performers: 

Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz – internationally renowned recording artists specializing in Klezmer music and Yiddish songs and artistic advisors on YAAANA Board of Directors. Click Here to listen to some of their music

Lisa Fishman – a singer, songwriter, and actress, recently performed as Bobe Tsaytl in the Broadway production of Yiddish “Fiddler on the Roof” directed by Joel Gray. Click Here to listen to her music