Yiddish Tish Discussions

New York street with Yiddish signs


Arnold DashefskyThe Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life sponsors  luncheon discussions in the Yiddish language, led by founding Director Arnold Dashefsky. The Yiddish Tish was launched in 1982 and is now in its 68th semester.  These discussions provide an opportunity to practice listening and speaking skills in an informal manner. The Yiddish Tish luncheon discussion group is a small, intimate gathering of members from the community and campus who meet monthly to read and speak Yiddish, discuss new topics, and spend time with one another.

We continue to attract new colleagues interested in attending and welcome you to join us to sustain our enthusiasm.  These sessions are open to any and all faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.  

All reading and speaking levels are welcome!

Please bring a bag lunch, and we will provide dessert and drinks.

The spring 2017 sessions will be held in the Dodd Research Center in Conference Room 104 on the following dates and times: 

• Wednesday, February 22, 1:00-2:00 pm
• Wednesday, March 22, 1:00-2:00 pm
• Monday, April 24, 3:00-4:00 pm 


Join the Yiddish Tish mailing list to receive meeting reminders and information on the currrent reading!


Helpful links for our Yiddish Tish community:  

Cover of Childhood and Childhood Teachers

Click on the image to view the first page of the current reading, Kinder-Yoren Un Melamdim: "'Childhood and Childhood Teachers,'" an excerpt from My Memoirs by Y. L. Peretz.




The Yiddish Art Trio

The acclaimed Yiddish Art Trio  features three of New York’s most celebrated klezmer musicians—Benjy Fox-Rosen, Patrick Farrell, and Michael Winograd. The Trio blends infectious traditional melodies with new compositions, sumptuous chamber music-like arrangements, and breathtaking improvisations. 




Der Bay

(Yiddish website that provides a variety of links to useful resources)