Jewish Languages: Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino
In Partnership with Qesher, and International Jewish Cultural Organization
The Jewish people have been multilingual for most of their history, mainly because of their geographical diversity. Therefore, the Jewish Languages, except for Hebrew, are a variety of dialects and languages created by the Jewish communities in the diaspora. The Jewish people have adopted not only the various languages spoken in their homelands but also adopted a good number of Jewish hybrid languages.
At Jump On Languages, we are excited to offer classes of some of the most popular Jewish Languages: Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. Our teachers are exceptionally knowledgeable on these spoken/written Jewish languages and their unique history and cultural influence.
Also, in partnership with the international organization Qesher, our Jewish Language students will also have access to a FREE online Jewish cultural event every month. Each week, Qesher introduces speakers from different regions and communities to give you the chance to enrich and deepen your knowledge of the shared Jewish heritage from wherever you happen to be. Check out their upcoming events here.
RUTI SCHOFFER DE SCHWARCZ
Ruti was born in Israel and is a native speaker of Hebrew, bilingual in Spanish, and has an intermediate level of English. She studied in Tijón Ironí Hetzilia, Hetzilia, Israel and in the Beit Midrash Lemorot Eliezer Ben Yehuda at the Moral y Luces Herzl-Bialik School in Caracas, Venezuela. She has vast experience teaching Hebrew to children and adults, both in person and online, starting her professional career in teaching this language in 1981. She has been a Hebrew pre-school and primary teacher and has also given Hebrew classes at the Ulpán Tzahal, in Israel. With a lively personality and great teaching skills, she loves her job as a Hebrew teacher.
Hebrew and Yiddish Teacher
Born in the UK, Avi holds a Master’s degree on Jewish Studies from Oxford University, a Master’s degree on Medieval Studies from the University of Reading, and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Indiana University. His dissertation was on Dante's use of The Book of Jeremiah and The Lamentations.
Avi’s research interests include the Hebrew Bible, hermeneutics, early modern Yiddish literature, Hasidism, and modern Hebrew literature, having published academic articles, reviews and journalistic longreads on these topics.
Avi works in international education: he has taught at high school and college level in the USA, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. He is currently a lecturer in Yiddish language and culture at the Fundación IWO, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Director of Languages and Instruction at the Instituto Alberto Einstein, Via Israel, Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá.
Fluent in English, French, Hebrew, Italian, and Yiddish, he is an expert in language education.
Born in Istanbul, Karen has a BA in English Language and Literature, an MA in Social Psychology and an MA in Applied Linguistics. Wrote both her MA theses on the Judeo-Spanish language. Worked for several years as an English language instructor and as a Testing (English language) expert at Boğaziçi University. In 2003 she founded the Ottoman-Turkish Sephardic Culture Research Center, where she has been working as its coordinator ever since.
Karen heads many projects in the Center, like the Centropa Oral History Project, The Ladino Database Project, and the Judeo-Spanish – Turkish – Judeo-Spanish dictionary project. She has edited all the books the Center has published, as well as a number of CDs in Sephardic music. She is also the chief editor of the only monthly newspaper in the world that is entirely in Ladino, El Amaneser. Karen has published many articles on the Sephardic Culture, mainly in Turkish, English and Ladino, and has also taken part in many TV programs and documentaries, on Judeo-Spanish and the Sephardic music and culture. Karen is also the founder, singer and presenter of the group Los Pasharos Sefaradis, the most authentic group in Turkish Sephardic music.
In 2011, she was awarded the medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française by the Ministry of Culture of France for her contribution to the world culture and her efforts in the preservation of Judeo-Spanish, an endangered language.