Delve Deeper: Yiddish Folklore and Culture

via Zoom


The Yiddish language is a fusion of Germanic, Hebraic, and Slavic elements that was the vernacular of Jews in central and eastern Europe for hundreds of years and continues to be the mother tongue of many Jews today. Over the centuries, a rich folklore developed in Yiddish that includes stories, songs, curses, magic, and religious rituals and objects. In addition to exploring this treasure trove of folk material, we will also examine some essential linguistic and cultural components of Yiddish and several great literary works – including short stories by I.L. Peretz and Isaac Bashevis Singer – that draw on the Yiddish folkloristic tradition. No prior acquaintance with Yiddish required.

Day: Thursdays - September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19, 26 (no class October 5); November 2, 9, 16 
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Instructor:  Natan Meir, Professor of Judaic Studies at Portland State University, Oregon
Location: Zoom only
Registration: Register Now!

Note that this class will run from 7-9 PM, half an hour earlier than the usual Delve Deeper courses.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Morty Miller at

Delve Deeper programs are presented in cooperation with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and area synagogues including Congregation Beth Sholom, Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Habonim, Temple Sinai, and Temple Torat Yisrael.

Event Dates
Thursday from Thursday, September 7, 2023 through Thursday, November 16, 2023
Event time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost / donation
$250 (partial and full scholarships available)
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