Want to teach your dog Yiddish? There’s a Central Park class for that.
Sponsored by the Workmen’s Circle, the Jewish cultural society founded in 1900 by Yiddish-speaking immigrants, the workshop is a chance for dog owners to learn a little Yiddish while schmoozing with fellow pet owners.
Ann Toback, the executive director of the Workmen’s Circle, said there are a few advantages to speaking to dogs in Yiddish.
Using a language different than the one the dog hears in everyday speech makes the command more effective, said Toback, who came up with the idea for the course and offered it for the first time last year.
Toback also says the class is an opportunity for many dog owners to connect to their heritage.
“Too much we forget the thousand years of high culture because of the tragedy of how Yiddish ended in Eastern Europe,” she said, “but reconnecting to that, reconnecting to our heritage, to our hearts, is really part of this.”
Read more at Times of Israel.