Invitation to Participate: Teaching with Sholem Aleichem

The Editors


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 and what their strategies are for the Intermediate Yiddish classroom, 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.

In honor of the Sholem Aleichem conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison next week, of which In geveb is a co-sponsor, we’re dedicating this poll to that great Yiddish writer.

Lately, resources about teaching with Sholem Aleichem abound. A high school curriculum and college syllabi bank at, a collaborative digital project we profiled, suggests multiple approaches to the author’s oeuvre: as part of courses on Yiddish literature, Ukranian culture, and Jewish humor, among many others. The Tam: A Taste of Jewish Culture lesson plans developed by KlezCalifornia include several lessons on stories by Sholem Aleichem with discussion questions. A resource kit from the Teach Great Jewish Books site of the Yiddish Book Center offers ideas for teaching about Tevye, while lesson plans from Facing History and Ourselves approach teaching about the author “to help uncover some of the issues confronting eastern European Jews during the period of profound change at the end of the 19th century.”

Do you teach with Sholem Aleichem’s texts? In what contexts, and how? We want to learn from you!

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

Editors, The. “Invitation to Participate: Teaching with Sholem Aleichem.” In geveb, November 2017:
Editors, The. “Invitation to Participate: Teaching with Sholem Aleichem.” In geveb (November 2017): Accessed Jun 16, 2024.


The Editors