New Paltz, New York
Yiddish doesn't have to be a dying language

From the April 22, 2002 Issue of New York

Quick, what's the difference between a schlemiel, a schlimazel, and a shmegegge? If your Yiddish skills aren't up to that (or if that's all you know), sign up for an intensive immersion weekend at SUNY New Paltz. (Nineteen other languages are offered, including American sign.) In June and July, housing is available; or book a room at the year-old Minnewaska Lodge with soaring ceilings, Mission-style furniture, and a fitness center all set at the base of the Shawangunks. For dinner, try the Would (about ten minutes away), where you'll find a New American menu and an impressive yet reasonably priced wine list; get a table by the fire.

Classes are Friday evening to Sunday afternoon ($295; 845-257-3500 or; Minnewaska Lodge (doubles from $189; 845-255-1110 or; the Would Restaurant (845-691-9883).