Here in Berlin, Yiddish is alive and kicking. In winter 2022, as the pandemic was subsiding, I started the “Shmues un Vayn” group, which has met twice per month ever since to socialize and drink wine while speaking only Yiddish. By now, the group – which is part of Yiddish.Berlin – includes more than 75 Berlin-based Yiddish speakers from a variety of backgrounds, and about a dozen of us show up to an average gathering.
We have also hosted special events such as a Third Seder on Passover, picnics and lake swims, a “pub crawl” station during the Shtetl Berlin festival, and a street party during the 2022 Yiddish in Berlin summer program. We even hosted a satellite event in Brooklyn.
If you are a Yiddish speaker who lives in or plans to visit Berlin, contact me and I will let you know the upcoming dates.
We welcome Yiddish speakers of all levels, but from experience, you should have at least basic conversational Yiddish to attend, as we will not switch languages to explain things.