Yiddish sof-vokh UK

You will find links to “additional information” and “booking” at the bottom of this page.



„אַזױנס און אַזעלכעס“

דער ערשטער ייִדיש־סוף־װאָך אין דעם פֿאַראײניקטן קיניגרײַך װעט פֿאָרקומען פֿונעם 17טן ביזן 19טן יוני 2022 אין „װאָרטלי האָל‮“.

*פֿאַרשרײַבט זיך! (זע אונטן)

פֿאַרברענגט אַ סוף־װאָך מיט אונדז אין גאַנצן אײַנגעטונקען אין ייִדיש־לשון אין „װאָרטלי האָל“, אַ באַקאַנטער קאָנפֿערענץ־צענטער לעבן שעפֿילד. „װאָרטלי האָל“ איז אַן אימפּאָזאַנטער בנין מיט גרױסע שײנע גערטנער װאָס זענען אידעאַל צוגעפּאַסט צו שפּאַצירן, פֿאַרברענגען צוזאַמען, און שמועסן אױף ייִדיש. „װאָרטלי האָל“ איז באַקאַנט אַלס „דעם אַרבעטערס פּריציש הױז“, אַ דאַנק היסטאָרישע פֿאַרבינדונגען מיט די פּראָפֿעסיאָנעלע פֿאַראײנען.ן

דער סוף־װאָך װעט זײַן אַ פֿײַערונג פֿון דער ייִדישער שפּראַך אין דעם פֿאַראײניקטן קיניגרײַך. מען װעט האַלטן װאַרשטאַטן, דיסקוסיעס, מוזיק, שפּאַצירן, פּאָעזיע, פֿאַרװײַלונגען פֿאַר קינדער, לױטן שטײגער פֿונעם זײער געראָטענעם מעלבורנער ייִדיש־סוף־װאָך און דעם ייִדיש־מאַראַטאָן פֿונעם פּאַריזער ייִדיש־צענטער.ר

The first UK weekend of Yiddish – A Yiddish sof-vokh

June 17-19 2022 at Wortley Hall – Expression of Interest (see below) *

אַזוינס און אַזעלכעס – Something delightful!

Join us for a weekend of total immersion in Yiddish! Wortley Hall, a well-known conference venue close to Sheffield with lovely grounds (just made for walking, hanging out and chatting in Yiddish), is known as the “Workers’ Stately Home” because of its historic links to the Trades Union Movement.


The weekend will be a celebration of Yiddish in the UK including: workshops – conversation – music – walks – poetry – activities for children – modelled along the lines of the very successful Melbourne Yiddish Sof-Vokh and the Paris Yiddish-Centre “Yiddish Marathon”.

Everyone is welcome!

The Yiddish Sof-Vokh is for everyone who wants to spend a week-end in an environment where only Yiddish is being spoken. Come and be immersed in Yiddish language and culture. If you’re not sure if this is for you, please contact us at yidishsofvokh@gmail.com. One of the organisers will arrange a mutually convenient time to chat with you on the phone in Yiddish about the week-end, and you’ll be able to make a decision about whether the Yiddish Sof-Vokh is appropriate for you.

The week-end is organised by members of the UK Yiddish Sof-Vokh Organising Group (which has grown out of the Yiddish Open Mic Café) who are, in alphabetical order: Michael Alpert, Helen Beer, Sima Beeri, Vanora Bennett, Barbara Borts, Sue Cooper, Sonia Gollance, Jaclyn Granick, Lily Kahn, Vivi Lachs, Simo Muir, Steve Ogin, Michael Shapiro, Judy Sherwood, Pam Singer, Barry Smerin, Eszter Szendroi, Phil Tomlinson, Heather Valencia, Myra Woolfson.  Please let us know if you would like to join the Organising Group.

The cost for the weekend (see below) includes:

  • all meals from Friday evening till Sunday lunch; all meals will be vegetarian/vegan (other dietary requirements by request),
  • accommodation (2 nights),
  • Wifi,
  • use of the Wortley Hall grounds and facilities,
  • mid-morning and afternoon refreshments,
  • all programmed events,
  • a concert on Sunday afternoon led by Michael Alpert

There are 2 cottages that can be booked by the room – prices the same as for other rooms. Please note these are NOT ensuite but there are additional shared facilities. There is more information on the cottages on the Wortley Hall website. If you are interested in one of these rooms or indeed cottages, please enquire at ….bookings…

The venue will be offering only vegetarian or vegan options. It would help their planning to know if you are vegan, and please let us know of any other dietary requirements. There is a place for this on the booking form.

There is a space on the booking form to let us know of anything we could do to make you more comfortable if it were available.

All rooms except in the cottages are ensuite. A few ground floor rooms are available. Please let us know of any specific requirements on the booking form.

We have done all we can to keep costs to a minimum – this is a non-profit event. We are however offering bursaries of £50 to encourage younger Yiddish speakers to participate, and also for those who’s income makes attendance otherwise difficult. Please contact us at Sof-Vokh Bookings if you would like to request this. And if it would be difficult for you to make payment in one step, we can arrange for payment in 2 installments. If you want to do this, please let us know by writing to yidishsofvokh@gmail.com

Our apologies for the booking fees – we have kept them as low as possible, and they go entirely to the ticketing and banking agencies involved

75% of the booking fee returned if cancelled up to and including Friday 11th March

60% of booking fee returned if cancelled up to and including Friday 8th April

20% of booking fee returned if cancelled up to and including Friday 6th May

0% of booking fee returned if cancelled up to and including Friday 27th May

Each participant may offer one or more contributions to the Sof-Vokh in Yiddish. Please indicate if you would like to offer a talk, a workshop, a zingeray etc. The programme is being divided into units of 60 minutes so that offered contributions should be 50 minutes, or 25 minutes, in length; for longer offered contributions, please write to yidishsofvokh@gmail.com with the subject “Proposed longer contribution”. The Programme Group will decide on, and finalise, the programme and please be aware that your proposed contribution may not appear in the programme.

The Sof-Vokh will not only adhere to all Government COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the event, but will also be advised on additional measures (if required) by two people attending the event: Dr Seth Flaxman, University of Oxford (a specialist in modelling the spread of COVID-19) and Dr Michelle Fink (a retired GP practitioner).

Please note:

(a)We have both shared and single rooms available. To maximise the number of people who can come to the weekend, if you would be willing to share, but don’t have anyone to share with, if you book a shared place we will match you (with someone of the same gender).

(b)There is an early-booking discount.

(c) If you are unable to come to the Yiddish Sof-Vokh, but you would like to make a donation to assist the bursary scheme, please donate by clicking on the button below:

Booking before March 11th with early-booking discount:

£230 if sharing an ensuite room

£270 for single occupancy of an ensuite room

Booking after March 10th:

£255 if sharing an ensuite room

£295 for single occupancy of an ensuite room

Bursaries of up to £100 available by application (limited numbers) see “Additional Information” for details.

Children: 12 years and younger (requiring an extra bed): £72; under 2 years – free

Covid Policy

The Sof-Vokh will not only adhere to all Government COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the event, but will also take advice about additional measures from a specialist in the field.

Questions? Learn more about our event in the additional information section.

The “Yiddish Café Trust” is applying for charitable status.

Are you interested? Please click on the button below to register