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Yiddish Book Center Summer Programs

AMHERST – The Yiddish Book Center is now accepting applications for its Great Jewish Books Summer Program and Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar.

The  Great Jewish Books Summer Program, now in its eighth year, brings together rising high school juniors and seniors from across the country to read, discuss, argue about, and fall in love with modern Jewish literature. Teens read selections from important literary works and consider how those works speak to the opportunities and challenges we face today. Under the guidance of college professors, students consider how the rich legacy of modern Jewish literature can inform us in the twenty-first century.

During the five-day program, participants read and discuss works by writers such as Franz Kafka, Sholem Aleichem, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, and Isaac Babel. The program is taught by college faculty, as well as prominent visiting writers (including, in past years, novelists Allegra Goodman and Jami Attenberg, poet and critic Adam Kirsch, and graphic novelist and scholar Ilan Stavans). While the program’s focus is on reading, this is no conventional school: Great Jewish Books is a lively program full of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities—and no grades—for students who read for the love of reading and are eager to discover the treasures of the Jewish canon. Every admitted participant receives a scholarship for the full cost of tuition, room, board, books, and special events.

Applications are due by March 4, 2019.

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