Pedagogy

Invitation to Participate: Teaching about Zionism and anti-Zionism in Yiddish Classes

The Editors

INTRODUCTION

In an effort to pool the wis­dom and expe­ri­ence acquired by our con­trib­u­tors’ work in the class­room, In geveb reg­u­lar­ly polls Yid­dish instruc­tors on top­ics relat­ed to Yid­dish ped­a­gogy. In our Loyt Di Lerers series, we com­pile ideas and best prac­tices for teach­ers who teach Yid­dish, teach about Yid­dish, and teach with texts from Yid­dish sources. The respons­es to these polls offer a cross-sec­­tion of the opin­ions, approach­es, and expe­ri­ences of Yid­dish instruc­tors from Los Ange­les to Tel Aviv, from children’s pro­grams to uni­ver­si­ty class­es to con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion cours­es, from new teach­ers to those with a life­time of experience.

In our Loyt di Lerers series we have gathered teachers’ thoughts about Yiddish textbooks, focused on the question of whether and how to use Weinreich’s College Yiddish, asked teachers to describe how they conduct the first day of Yiddish class, learned how instructors teach with texts translated from Yiddish, asked Holocaust educators how they teach with and about Yiddish, and learned about Yiddish clubs and reading groups.

Zionism and anti-Zionism are on many students’ and teachers’ mind as a perennial (heated) topic on college campuses, on social media, and elsewhere. Lately, Yiddish has often come to be associated with anti-Zionist politics, particularly among a younger generation of students. We want to learn more about how teachers of Yiddish Studies approach (or avoid) teaching about Zionism and anti-Zionism in their classes, be it in its historical or contemporary manifestations. Whether you teach Yiddish language classes or Yiddish culture courses, we invite you to participate in our short survey.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with the In geveb teaching community.

MLA STYLE
Editors, The. “Invitation to Participate: Teaching about Zionism and anti-Zionism in Yiddish Classes.” In geveb, February 2022: https://ingeveb.org/pedagogy/call-for-participation-teaching-about-zionism-and-anti-zionism-in-yiddish-classes.
CHICAGO STYLE
Editors, The. “Invitation to Participate: Teaching about Zionism and anti-Zionism in Yiddish Classes.” In geveb (February 2022): Accessed Jun 23, 2024.

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The Editors