College Students Learning Yiddish

Apparently many college students are interested in studying Yiddish, a Germanic language once spoken by 11 million Ashkenazi Jews, again. According to an Associated Press article by Dorie Turner in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

[Emory University] and other universities like Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and McGill University in Canada are working to bring the language back, and with it, an appreciation for the rich history of European Jewish culture and art.

About 20 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada now offer some Yiddish courses, though just a few of them have degrees in the language.

Tell that to the University of Maryland, which cut its one full-time Yiddish professor position recently.

Less than one percent of the world’s population speaks Yiddish.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer