International Association of Yiddish Clubs

Join the Conversation

Schedule of Yiddish Clubs

The clubs meet weekly and are free unless otherwise noted. Virtual meeting times are all for New York, USA (Eastern time); in-person times are local to the event.


  • Leader: Eli Sharfstein (אלי שרפשטיין)
  • Meets weekly on Zoom, Mondays and Thursdays Thursday 
  • Conversations feature a special theme 
  • Yiddish proficiency required 
  • Members are permitted to listen and not speak

Houston Yiddish Vinkel

ייִדיש אומבאַצױמט – Lexington, Kentucky

  • רפֿאל פֿינקל
  • Contact:
  • Meetings: Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Readings
  • Participants are proficient in Yiddish
  • Yiddish language required



FYG: Fishl’s Yiddish Group – San Francisco, California

Leynkrayz – Los Angeles, California

  • Shulem Londner
  • weekly meetings on Zoom for a small group of participants.
  • To learn about conducting a leyenkrayz and/or to learn about reading materials,
  • contact Shulem Londner. He will advise you.

Katsinze Leynkrayzl Yiddish Club – Roseville / Sacramento, California 

  • Dr. Murray Blatt
  • Mondays (twice a month) 6 pm PT or 9 pm EST for about an hour.
  • Invitation by emails to interested participants
  • Read in Yiddish, discuss in English
  • Level: Predominantly Yiddish
  • Other language spoken:  English

YIVO Yiddish Club – New York

Yiddish bay Nakht – ייִדיש בײַ נאַכט

Yiddishkayt Initiative – South Florida

  • Avi Hoffman
  • 3 Yiddish classes weekly (& monthly programs)
  • 12:00pm EST; 2pm EST; 6:30pm EST
  • Discussion and sharing
  • Level: Some Yiddish
  • Other languages spoken: English & Spanish

Weisman Center Yiddish Club – Houston, Texas

  • Meets: “in person” weekly on Friday
    Leaders: Rose Feinberg; Susan Ganc; Steven Lasky
  • Contact:
  • Content: conversation; songs; poems on
  • Friday, 10:00am to 11:30am ET
  • Languages: Yiddish; English
  • “Movie” Friday: classic Yiddish films,
  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
  • No summertime meetings

Yiddish Language Meetup

  • Howard Schoenfeld
  • Sundays 7 pm ( we meet once a month)
  • Discussion and sharing
  • Level: Some Yiddish

Zoom Yiddish Reading Group

Jewish Women of the Landing Yiddish Club, USA

  • Melinda Stein
  • 4 p.m. 3rd Thursday every other month
  • In-Person
  • Discussion, sharing, films
  • Level: Some Yiddish
  • Yiddish not required to join

Workers Circle of Northern California Yiddish Classes, USA

  • Sharon Wilensky
  • Beginner’s 1:15 – 2:45 pm PT (biweekly, every 2 weeks)
  • Intermediate 3:00 – 4:30 pm PT
  • Online
  • Cultural, progressive Yiddishkeyt
  • Level: Predominantly Yiddish
  • Yiddish not required to join

Yiddish Tish in IWO Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Silvia Hansman
  • Wednesday 7:00 pm Buenos Aires
  • Online once a month
  • Readings, discussion, sharing
  • Level: Advanced Yiddish

Yiddish Tish – Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • We meet virtually on Zoom
  • Wednesdays 2pm-3:30pm ET (except major Jewish holidays)
  • Elliot H. Gertel aka Ele-Hersh עלע־הערש גערטל

Yiddish World Zumzits – South Africa

  • Online
  • Discussions, Sharing, Songs, Presenters / Speakers
  • Yiddish Only

Cleveland Leyenkreis

  • Online 
  • Readings, discussion / sharing, songs, films 
  • Predominantly Yiddish  Reading is required
  • Yiddish Group has been going strong for 30 years

Allentown PA Yiddish Club

  • Online Weekly Mondays 2:00-3:30pm EST 
  • Share, read and hear songs; jokes, poems, parsha excerpts, short videos 
  • All Levels, Yiddish Proficiency Not Required

Friday Yiddish Shtibl Online – Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Online Fridays at 09h00 CAT (Johannesburg)
  • discussion / sharing, presenters/speakers
  • Litvak Yiddish and Culture
  • Some Yiddish Helpful.  English also spoken

Yiddish Open Mic Cafe – London, England

  • Mindy Liberman
  • Irregular Sundays on Zoom or Live in London
  • Present or watch songs and readings in Yiddish
  • Yiddish Onscreen