60% of Winnipeg Jewish Children Learn Yiddish

The Yiddish language is taught to a larger extent in Winnipeg than in any other city on the North American continent, according to an article in a recent issue of Dos Yiddishe Wort, local Yiddish daily, which reports that sixty per cent of all the children who attend Jewish schools in this city are taught Yiddish.

Nine hundred Jewish children attend the purely Yiddishist schools here, including kindergartens and day-schools, which the Winnipeg Yiddishists were the first in all North America to install. The Winnipeg Talmud Torahs and Hebrew schools also employ Yiddish either as the language of instruction or as an important subject in their curriculum.

Even in the B’nai Brith lodge in Winnipeg, continues the article, Yiddish is often spoken at meetings. Courses for adults which were recently announced by the Yiddishist Peretz-Schools attracted more than 150 pupils, so that the number of teachers for these courses had to be increased. A large library of Yiddish books is very much utilized by Winnipeg Jewry.

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