My Nonprofit Reviews
Ina Rae Levine
Review for National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA, USA
I was born into a Yiddish speaking household 67 years ago and grew up understanding most Yiddish. At 5 years of age my grandmother died and I was told that we don't speak Yiddish anymore. I even had to take elocution classes to correct my syntax and V's and W's. As I got older my other grandmother taught me to read the Yiddish newspaper. I forgot that too.
At 62 years of age I decided I wanted to learn Yiddish. My classes at the local shul lasted about a year and because of financing they were canceled. I have since been studying on the net with books from the National Yiddish Book Center and their magazine. I just wish the Book Center were closer to Tucson, AZ