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Book Talks with FTJC Authors

Course Offerings for Elul 2020

Future Course Offerings


Book Talks with FTJC Authors

None currently scheduled.


Course Offerings for Elul and High Holidays 2020

Coming soon!


Future Course Offerings

Courses are open to members and non-members alike, unlike otherwise specified. Courses strive to be accessible to learners at multiple levels of experience, even while some specify that they are geared to learners at a particular level. Come and learn!


Sholom Aleichem's Tevye the Dairyman
To be rescheduled when in-person classes are again possible.

Most of us know Tevye only through the movie Fiddler on the Roof, or more recently, from the Off-Broadway Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof  but the real Tevye is quite a different story. It is one so compelling and brilliant that several years ago in a listing of the 100 greatest Jewish books compiled by the National Yiddish Book Center it was one of only two works to be chosen by every member of the panel of experts on Jewish Literature (in many languages). In this 4-week class we will do a close reading of the text (total of 120 pages). You will discover, among other things, that there are 7 daughters, not 5, and that Chava and Chvedke do not leave together for Kiev and that none of Tevye’s “On the one hand, on the other” are actually found in the text. 

Led by FTJC member Sheva Zucker, author of the textbooks Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vols. I & II, and currently academic director of the Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, under the auspices of Bard College and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City.

Suggested donation: $18 for the series, no one turned away for lack of donation.

Pre-registration requested here.

More Learning Opportunities?
If you have ideas about something you want to learn, and you have a hunch that you could pull together a group of others who want to learn it too,
e-mail Rabbi Guy Austrian and let's talk about it.

Sat, December 2 2023 19 Kislev 5784