Gabi Abramac, PH.D.

Gabi Abramac, PH.D. Project Leader

Founder of zagreber yiddish-krayz

Dr. Gabi Abramac is a linguist, entrepreneur, educator and international affairs professional.  She obtained her dual Masters degree in English Language and Literature and South Asian Studies from the University of Zagreb, where she also  earned her Ph.D. in linguistics. She holds a certificate in Global Affairs from New York University and a certificate in International Development from Monterey Institute of International Studies. As a Seton Hill University fellow, she has also attended Yad Vashem’s summer program in Holocaust studies.

Her professional experience includes working for the United Nations Organization for Society and Cooperation in Europe, World Learning/SIT and Raiffeisen Banking Group. In 2000, she started her own language institute Sokrat.

As an applied linguist she has actively contributed to the development of the discipline, developing the SFARM language learning method. She learned Yiddish during her research of the Hasidic communities in Brooklyn and supplemented her Yiddish skills through attending the YIVO Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture in 2013 and 2014.

Gabi is also a columnist and a member of editorial boards of the magazines Ruah Hadasha and Balkan Literary Herald.

Her book Dos heylike yidish vort: Yiddish and Other Languages of Orthodox Jews in New York is currently being published.