Yiddish Language and Culture
Our students are encouraged to enrich and diversify their studies through additional language and culture courses. These are offered as additional course options to be combined with the existing major and minor programs.
Yiddish is the language of a thousand years of Jewish civilization in Europe and its immigrant centres. Spoken by 75% of the Jewish diaspora at its peak, the language and culture has spanned millions of speakers in Warsaw, Lodz, Moscow, New York, Montreal, Melbourne, and Buenos Aires, and boasted its rich literary, theatrical, cinematic, and musical traditions. Today, it is a language that many consider to be endangered, although it is actually spoken by over a million people. Come study Yiddish language, literature, and cinema and learn about the past, present, and future of this rich culture!