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Summer Yiddish Program for College

AMHERST –  The Yiddish Book Center is now accepting applications for its 2015 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, an intensive seven-week program for college students.

Now in its fourth decade, the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program is the Yiddish Book Center’s flagship education program. Students spend their days in Yiddish language and culture classes as well as taking part in cultural and social activities at the Center.

The program offers a beginner track for students with no previous Yiddish experience and an intermediate track for those who have completed one year of Yiddish. All students accepted to the program receive full-tuition scholarships. Intermediate students also receive free housing and a $1,000 stipend in exchange for working on ongoing projects at the Center. All participants are eligible to receive college credits through the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“Learning Yiddish is very different today from what it was 10 or 20 years ago,” says Aaron Lansky, the Yiddish Book Center’s founder and president. “The language has become a jumping-off point for a broader exploration of Jewish history, literature, and culture.” Many alumni of the Steiner program have gone on to further studies in Yiddish language and Jewish culture and to careers in academia, at cultural organizations, and in the arts, following paths inspired by their experiences in the program.

The 2015 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program will run from June 7 to July 24. Applications are due by Feb. 10. For more information, visit yiddishbookcenter.org/Steiner-summer-program.


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