Sheva Zucker, YiddishistDr. Sheva Zucker is currently the Executive Director of the League for Yiddish and the editor of its magazine Afn Shvel.

She is the author of the textbooks Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vols. I & II, and the editor and producer of the CD "The Golden Peacock: Voice of the Yiddish Writer" which features 10 Yiddish writers reading from their works.

She teaches Yiddish and Yiddish Literature in the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, currently under the auspices of Bard College and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and taught for many years at Duke University.

She was, for several years,the Translation Editor of the Pakn Treger, the magazine of the National Yiddish Book Center, and she writes on women in Yiddish literature.

She has taught and lectured on Yiddish language, literature and culture on five continents. Her blog, Candles of Song, features Yiddish poems about mothers in Yiddish and English translation.

The Golden Peacock
Introduction to Yiddish, Volume I

Audio recordings which accompany Volume I

Answer Key to Volume I of Introduction to Yiddish

Introduction to Yiddish, Volume II

Audio recordings which accompany Volume II

Answer Key to Volume II of Introduction to Yiddish

"Sheva Zucker's textbook is an outstanding achievement that brings students closer to all the charms of Yiddish as a spoken language. A myriad of worlds comes alive for them – folksongs and expressions, traditional sources and works of modern Yiddish literature. Each new step on the road to learning Yiddish is thus transformed into a rich and deep cultural experience."

Professor Avrom Novershtern, Yiddish Dept., Hebrew University, Jerusalem

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