Speak. Read. Write.
Includes room and board
|6:00am–7:00am||Breakfast, time for review, homework, davening|
|7:45am–9:00am||Yiddish-immersion activity (Food prep, farm chores, reading circle)|
|7:30am–9:30am||Good Morning Yiddish Farm! (farm lesson, vocabulary, and Q&A)|
|9:30am–10:15am||Review Time/Food Prep|
The students' dormitory is a heated bungalow (a/c in the summer) with bathrooms and showers. For those who need more privacy and less rustic accommodations, we suggest the Days Inn, which is 3 miles from the property. Students that do not sleep at Yiddish Farm pay the reduced commuter rate.
All Yiddish farm meals are prepared by the students on-site with guidance from Yiddish Farm staff and moshgiach. Students will have access to a refrigerator in the student bungalow where they can store their own snacks. The menu will be based on the needs of the students and what is in season on the farm.
Although students may use English in order to improve their Yiddish (vocabulary/grammar questions), we ask that students use as much Yiddish as possible. Although no prior Yiddish knowledge is required, students are expected to complete 10 interactive online Yiddish lessons at yiddishpop.com before the program. After completing these 10 lessons, students will be adequately prepared to speak Yiddish from the first day of the program.
Although most students on our programs are usually in their 20s and 30s, we have hosted students as young as 11 and as old as 83.
We believe that a traditional Jewish lifestyle is an important part of the Yiddish-immersion experience as well as our future community. In fact we understand Jewish tradition to be part an integral part of our people’s radical heritage. Between Friday night and Saturday, we eat, pray and sing joyously, and we create a peaceful “shabesdik” atmosphere by refraining from using electronics, writing implements and other activities that symbolize work. Shabes rituals are formally taught and then experienced.
For more information see Our Values
Students can receive two credits from Gratz College for completing this program. Each credit costs an additional $200.
Yes—please apply for a scholarship here.
The most intensive introduction to the Yiddish language possible. Students in this introductory Yiddish program spend almost all of their time studying how to speak, read and write in Yiddish.