As some of you know, COVID-19 changed many aspects of the non-profit world, often in unexpected ways. Instead of having one event a month and one class a week, we now have up to 3 events a day… and our audiences still have an appetite for more. Our 3-year-old Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA) used to be a small local organization with a mission to yiddishize San Diego County. In the midst of COVID-19 lockdowns, it has grown into an international enterprise. As a result, we need to expand our team and hire more educators, artists, and collaboration partners to contribute to our programming.
Over the past three weeks, we offered a variety of classes and events, including Yiddish language classes for beginner and intermediate speakers, lectures on Yiddish music, LGBTQ topics in Yiddish literature, alternative theater experiences, Yiddish yoga, and interviews with Yiddish celebrities. In the second half of 2020, we would like to expand our offerings to include advanced Yiddish classes and conversational circles. We are also planning to organize a festival celebrating Yiddish cultural creations made by women. In 2021, we are hoping to have a summer Yiddish school that would be accessible locally in San Diego, as well as remotely through Zoom.
YAAANA distinguishes itself by embracing academic Yiddish as well as all dialects of Yiddish we encounter on our way. That tradition would continue once we create our summer Yiddish program.
Currently, our primary goal is to build the House of Yiddishland – first as a virtual house and later a physical one. The mageyfe (plague) experience has taught us that we need both, and we need them ASAP!
The video above demonstrates the conditions we work under and the challenges we face. Your donations will help us overcome some of these obstacles and better serve to promote Yiddish language and culture.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to YAAANA! We would appreciate it if you could share this campaign with your friends, acquaintances, and mishpokhe.
A groysn dank! (Many thanks!)
The YAAANA team