AMHERST – The Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Summer Program, Aug. 3-10, will bring together a select group of rising high school juniors and seniors to read, discuss, argue about, and fall in love with powerful and enduring works of modern Jewish literature.
Students spend a week reading a challenging roster of writers that range from Franz Kafka and Isaac Babel to Grace Paley and Philip Roth, guided throughout by Josh Lambert, the Yiddish Book Center’s academic director, along with visiting professors and contemporary writers.
Great Jewish Books Summer Program attracts teens from across the country and provides them with an opportunity to develop skills for literary analysis and self-expression that will prepare them for college and gives them an early taste of college life. Students stay in Hampshire College dorms adjacent to the Yiddish Book Center. Alumni can stay in touch long after the program through an online book club and other activities. Accepted applicants receive a full scholarship to cover the cost of tuition, room and board, and (in the words of one alum) “a pile of great books.”
Applications for the 2014 Great Jewish Books Summer Program are due by March 30, 2014. For more information and to apply, visit yiddishbookcenter.org/great-jewish-books.