Camps & education | Yiddish Center offering summer sessions

The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, is accepting applications for two summer programs.

The Great Jewish Books program for high school juniors and seniors takes place Aug. 2 to 9. On the reading list are works by a range of Jewish novelists, poets and short-story writers.

Students accepted into the program receive full scholarships covering tuition, room and board, books and special events. Housing is at Hampshire College, adjacent to the Yiddish Book Center.

Mornings are spent in seminar-style classes led by college professors and in small-group discussions. Recreational activities are offered in the afternoon, while evenings feature films and talks by contemporary Jewish writers. The reading list includes Sholem Aleichem’s “Tevye the Dairyman,” short stories by Philip Roth and Grace Paley, and others.

For college students, the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program is an intensive, seven-week academic session focusing on Yiddish language and culture classes. There is a beginner track for students with no Yiddish language experience and an intermediate track for those who’ve completed a year of Yiddish. The program runs from June 7 to July 24.

All students accepted to the program receive full-tuition scholarships. Interme-diate students also receive free housing and a $1,000 stipend in exchange for working on ongoing projects at the Yiddish Center. All participants are eligible to receive college credits through the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Applications for Great Jewish Books are due by April 1; the deadline for Steiner Yiddish applications is Feb. 10.

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