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Language instruction

I have taught Yiddish at the YIVO’s Uriel Weinreich Program, the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter-Ring, and the Yiddish Farm. Click here to view one of my syllabi (from the Farm, a full immersion program).

Yiddish writing

In January 2015 I began writing a regular column in the Yiddish Forward, available both in print and online. To access my articles, visit my author page.

I have also written articles in Hasidic publications, including:
Pe-Sakh, a seasonal online publication: An article about grammar and native speaker intuitions [article] [full publication]
Der Veker, a monthly magazine: An article about my orthographic normalizer Hasidify (see below)

Software

Hasidify, an orthographic normalizer for Yiddish. Hasidify accepts text written in Standard Yiddish (according to the YIVO spelling system, used by the Forverts newspaper and taught in universities) and outputs the same text written in Hasidic orthography.

Yiddish Klal, a Standard Yiddish keyboard layout for Mac computers, with a guide on how to install and use it.

The layout is also available for Chrome OS from the Chrome Web Store.

Media

A profile of my research on sabesdiker losn using interviews from the Visual History Archive, published by the USC Shoah Foundation, March 10, 2015.

The US farm that teaches Yiddish to the world,” The Guardian, September 30, 2014. A video featuring the immersive language learning environment at the Yiddish Farm. (You can hear me playing fidl and watch me teaching students.)

Interview in Yedies fun YIVO about the Leyenzal project. September 6, 2014.

36 Under 36,” The Jewish Week, June 4, 2014. Profiled in paper for founding the Leyenzal.

Blitspostn, Vebzaytlekh, Veblogs: The Rise of Yiddish Online,” Slate, February 27, 2014. Leyenzal project featured on list of Yiddish-language educational resources online.