Pedagogy

Yiddish in ale lender! Yiddish Summer Programs Roundup 2020

Jonah Lubin

INTRODUCTION

Looking to improve your Yiddish this summer? There are options all over the world, from traditional classroom-based programs to music festivals, and everything in between — and we’ve done the research so you don’t have to. If you’d like to suggest an addition or correction to this list, please contact us.


Australia

Europe

Israel

United States

Informal Learning Opportunities/Retreats

Music and Culture Festivals and Learning Opportunities

Other

Australia

Jacob Kronhill Program in Yiddish Language and Culture Yiddish Winter Intensive at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)

[email protected], [email protected]

Forthcoming. This page will be updated when the details become available.

Europe

International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture (Warsaw, Poland)

http://jidyszland.pl/en/letnie-seminarium/

Dates: June 29-July 17

Application Deadline: May 15, scholarship application due April 30

Cost: Three-week program: 800 USD (1037.63 CAD, 680 EUR); for students 500 USD (665 CAD, 440 EUR); cultural program only 500 USD (665 CAD, 440 EUR). Two-week program: 550 USD (730 CAD, 480 EUR); for students 350 USD (460 CAD, 300 EUR); cultural program only 350 USD (460 CAD, 300 EUR). Scholarships available. (Canadian costs are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change.)

Housing: Not included; dorm accommodations possible.

Levels: Four levels, beginning to advanced

Cultural Component: Lectures, film evenings, workshops, guided tours of Jewish sites in Warsaw and visits to the Jewish Historical Institute and other venues and museums, Shabbat dinners.

Read More About It: Katarzyna Markusz, “Yiddish comes alive in Warsaw every summer,” JTA (July 14, 2017); Kendra Berry, “Using Yiddish to fight the ‘othering’ of Jews in Poland,” University of Washington Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, 2018.


Yiddish Summer Weimar (Weimar, Germany)

http://www.yiddishsummer.eu/

Dates: July 18-August 22 (four one-week courses).

Application Deadline: TBD

Cost: TBD

Housing: Not included. Registrants receive 10% off at a local hostel.

Levels: Four levels, beginning to advanced.

Cultural Component: Part of a larger cultural program including music and dance workshops, with frequent evening jam sessions.

Read More About It: Itzik Gottesman, “Ten Years of Yiddish Summer Weimar,” Forward, August 18, 2010; Henry Bernhard, “’Yiddish Summer’ in Weimar: Klezmer und jiddische Kultur,” Deutschlandfunk, 2016; Yael Breuer, “Leading Yiddish festival reveals ‘unseen diasporas.’Jewish News Online, July 13, 2017.


Yiddish on the Continent (Brussels, Belgium)

https://iej.site.ulb.be/in-english

Dates: July 20-July 31

Application Deadline: June 15

Cost: Full rate 529.82 USD (695.37 CAD, 480 EUR); student rate 386.33 USD (507.04 CAD, 350 EUR). Three scholarships for students covering full tuition are available. See website for more details. (US, European, and Canadian costs are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change.)

Housing: Not included.

Levels: Four levels, beginning to advanced.

Cultural Component: The morning classes are complemented with a broad range of language enrichment activities including: singing workshops, theater workshops, translation workshops, lectures on specialized subjects, Yiddish film, Yiddish press, and visits to Jewish sites.


Ot Azoy (London, UK)

https://www.jmi.org.uk/event/otazoy2020/

Dates: August 23-28

Application Deadline: No deadline. Early bird discount ends June 1

Cost: Full rate 328.30 USD (432.16 CAD, 296.22 EUR, 250 GBP); early bird rate 295.47 USD (388.94 CAD, 266.60 EUR, 225 GBP); Student/senior rate 229.80 USD (259.28 CAD, 177.75 EUR, 175 GBP); early bird student/senior rate 196.98 USD (259.28 CAD, 218.83 EUR, 150 GBP). (US, European, and Canadian costs are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change.)

Housing: Not included. Discounted housing offered at the University of London.

Levels: Five levels, beginning to advanced.

Cultural Component: Part of a larger program with courses on Yiddish song, culture, and dance that run simultaneously.

Israel

Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program at Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv, Israel)

http://www.naomiyiddish.tau.ac.il/

Dates: June 24-July 23

Application Deadline: May 1

Cost: 1450 USD (1,909.43 CAD, 1,308.15 EUR), scholarship aid available to all full time students (500 USD to B.A. students, 700 USD to M.A. students, 900 USD to PhD candidates); registration fee 60 USD (79.01 CAD, 54.13 EUR). (Canadian and European costs are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change.)

Housing: 800 USD for double occupancy (optional).

Levels: Five levels, beginning to advanced, and an advanced research seminar.

Cultural Component: The Yiddish Program includes a robust afternoon academic and cultural program, held on campus and in Tel Aviv. The co-curricular afternoon includes: A series of lectures in English on “Landmarks of Yiddish Literature and Culture”. Yiddish guest lectures, conversation classes, evening concerts, and excursions to local sites of Yiddish culture. and more! Students are encouraged to bring their musical instruments with them.

Read More About It: Justin Cammy, “Inhabiting Multiple Homelands: Teaching Yiddish in a Summer Yiddish Program,” In geveb, November 13, 2017.

United States

Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)

http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/steiner-summer-yiddish-program

Dates: May 31-July 17

Application Deadline: February 10

Cost: Tuition-free. All students are responsible for their housing and food costs. Intermediate students are eligible to participate in an internship in exchange for subsidized housing as well as a 1,000 USD stipend for living expenses.

Housing: 1500 USD (1,975.13 CAD, 1,353.25 EUR); Intermediate students may do an internship and have this waived, as well as receive a stipend. Limited need-based subsidies are also available. (Canadian and European costs are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change.)

Levels: Two levels, introductory and intermediate.

Cultural Component: Beginner students take a for-credit culture course while intermediate students have the option to participate in a paid internship, as well as occasional culture and literature seminars with scholars. For all students, the program also includes a four-day field trip to New York City and tickets to Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, as well as a plethora of Yiddish cultural activities, excursions to local attractions, and extracurricular activities like film screenings and student-led workshops.

Other: Students can receive up to 6 college credits. Open to college students and recent graduates ages 18-26.

Noam Green and Tova Benjamin, “Seeking and Queering Utopia: A Chat About the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program.” In geveb, November 2017.


Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellowship: Program for Students, Artists and Educators (online; Los Angeles, California, USA; and Eastern Europe)
http://yiddishkayt.org/helix-project/

Dates: The Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellowship unfolds over two calendar years. In early August 2020 there will be a 10-day intensive colloquium in Southern California followed by regular online workshops during fall, winter, and spring. In 2021 there will be a summer travel experience to Central and Eastern Europe that begins in Southern California and spans the full month of July. 2020 fellows will be given the opportunity to apply for 2021 programming following the summer colloquium.

Application Deadline: March 20, 2020.

Cost: All program costs are partially subsidized for all fellows. Fellows are responsible for making their way to and from the Yiddishkayt office in Los Angeles in time for the residential program start dates in August 2020 and July 2021. In addition, fellows must make a $500 minimum contribution towards their 2020 tuition costs. Additional program contributions are assessed and negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Yiddishkayt provides ongoing fundraising support throughout the fellowship to help fellows offset costs and support participation.

Housing: Housing and board, European ground travel, and flights in and out of Europe are included.

Levels: A beginner digital course and an intermediate conversation/literature analysis discussion group. While traveling all content is available in English translation and participants will work with Yiddish texts as much as possible. Helix also offers basics in Slavic languages as part of the travel preparation.

Cultural Component: The Helix Project is less a language program than a cultural program; participants learn about the history, literature, and folklore of Jews in Eastern Europe in situ.

Read More About It: Erin Faigin, “Reflections on Space in Learning Yiddish,” In geveb, December 22, 2015; Also, in this oral history from the Wexler Oral History Project, Alana Fichman discusses her experiences in the Helix project.


YIVO-Bard Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture (New York, New York, USA)

https://summerprogram.yivo.org/

Dates: June 29-August 7, with an optional refresher course June 22-26. New this year: a continuing education course for those already teaching, carrying out research, or performing in Yiddish. August 10–21.

Application Deadline: general deadline March 31, financial aid and international student deadline February 27

Cost: 2400 USD (3180 CAD, 2215 EUR); financial aid available. Students are eligible to obtain college credit through Bard College. (Canadian and European costs are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change.)

Housing: Not included; housing available at extra cost at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.

Levels: Five levels, beginning-advanced.

Cultural Component: Conversation, literature, and culture classes in the afternoons, lectures on Yiddish civilization (in both English and Yiddish) by leading scholars, translation, theater, and singing workshops, tours of the Lower East Side and Borough Park.

Read More About It: Leana Katz, “By Learning Yiddish, I Can Access a Part of My Heritage,” The Globe and Mail, November 9, 2016.


Yiddish Farm (Goshen, New York, USA)

https://yiddishfarm.org/

Dates: June 1-July 7

Application Deadline: Rolling

Cost: 2950 USD (1,316.43 CAD, 902.30 EUR); cost includes meals; limited scholarships available.

Housing: Included

Levels: TBA. Previously: beginning and upwards (intensive program).

Cultural Component: Students also work on the farm. All food is kosher and shabes is observed; davening is Orthodox.

Read More About It: Sam Frizell, “Inside A Unique Yiddish Farm Thriving 50 Miles From Manhattan,” The Gothamist, August 8, 2013.

Informal Learning Opportunities/Retreats

Yiddish Vokh (Copake, New York, USA)

https://yugntruf.org/yiddish-vokh/

Dates: August 12-18

Cost: TBA, some student scholarships are available

Description: Yiddish Vokh is a language immersion retreat. Volunteers lead art activities, lectures, discussions, workshops, and sports. Participants swim, attend campfires, concerts, talent shows, and dancing, all in Yiddish.

Read More About It: Sandra Fox, “Recreation as Education: Yiddish Vokh 2017.” In geveb, October 31, 2017.


Trip to Yiddishland (Dutchess County, New York, USA)

https://circle.org/what-we-do/yiddish-language/yiddishland/

Dates: August 17-23

Cost: from 350 USD-1400 USD per person (307-1229 EUR, 464-1858 CAD), depending on housing choice (many options available from dormitory to private lakefront and lawn rooms). University students may register with shared accomodations for 325 USD (286 EUR, 431 CAD). Cost includes meals, programs, and entertainment. (Canadian and European costs are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change.)

Description: Four levels of Yiddish classes, dance & klezmer instruction, theater & music workshops, concerts & entertainment, children’s program, retreat activities.

Read More About It: Andrew Brownstein, “Yiddishland Brings Diverse Group Together for Language and Culture.” Forward, June 27, 2014.

Music and Culture Festivals and Learning Opportunities


Golden Peacock Yiddish Song School (London, UK)

https://www.jmi.org.uk/event/goldenpeacock2020/

Dates: August 23- August 28

Cost: Full rate 328.30 USD (432.16 CAD, 296.22 EUR, 250 GBP); early bird rate 295.47 USD (388.94 CAD, 266.60 EUR, 225 GBP); Student/senior rate 229.80 USD (259.28 CAD, 177.75 EUR, 175 GBP); early bird student/senior rate 196.98 USD (259.28 CAD, 218.83 EUR, 150 GBP). (US, European, and Canadian costs are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change.)

Description: Classes in music theory, repertoire, roots and traditions of Yiddish Song, modes and melodies, master-classes and a Yiddish Choir.

Learn More About It: Listen to a podcast about the event here.


Klezfest (London, UK)

https://www.jmi.org.uk/event/klezfest2020/

Dates: August 23-August 28

Cost: Full rate 328.30 USD (432.16 CAD, 296.22 EUR, 250 GBP); early bird rate 295.47 USD (388.94 CAD, 266.60 EUR, 225 GBP); Student/senior rate 229.80 USD (259.28 CAD, 177.75 EUR, 175 GBP); early bird student/senior rate 196.98 USD (259.28 CAD, 218.83 EUR, 150 GBP). (US, European, and Canadian costs are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change.)

Description: Classes in traditional klezmer; history, melodies, ornamentation, dance and accompaniment.


Jewish Culture Festival (Krakow, Poland)

http://www.jewishfestival.pl/en/

Dates: June 26-July 5

Description: Almost 300 events including workshops, lectures, discussions, guided tours, concerts, and jam sessions.

Read More About It: Annette Insdorf, “The Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow: A Celebration,” Huffington Post, December 6, 2017.


Yidstock (Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)

https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock

Dates: July 9-12

Description: A festival of musicians who weave elements from traditional Jewish music, jazz, Americana, and other styles to take klezmer in new directions.


Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

http://www.ashkenaz.ca

Dates: September 1-7

Description: A free Jewish music festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!


KlezKanada Laurentian Retreat (Camp B’nai Brith, Lantier, Quebec (outside Montreal)

www.klezkanada.org

Dates: August 24-30

Application Deadline: TBD, May 1st for the Azrieli Scholarship Program

Cost: Depending on type of accommodation, costs range from 925 USD/CAD for off-site registrants, 1075 USD/CAD for tents, 1,125 USD/CAD for space in a shared cabin, or 1,725 USD/CAD for a hotel style room in the Retreat Centre. Special rates also available for families with children. Scholarships are available for emerging artists and scholars ages 16-35. Tuition includes housing (except for off-site registrants), meals, and the full artistic program.

Housing: See above.

Levels: Introductory, intermediate, advanced, as well as other classes, lectures, and other activities conducted in Yiddish.

Cultural Component: KlezKanada’s Laurentian Retreat is a week-long immersion in Yiddish culture, arts, and music attended by an international and intergenerational community every year. In addition to Yiddish language programming, KlezKanada is centered around intensive instrumental and vocal workshops in klezmer and Yiddish music, as well as classes in Yiddish dance, theater, and visual arts, and lectures and film screenings in topics related to Jewish history, literature, and culture. In the evenings, there are concerts featuring some of the world’s best klezmer bands, dance parties, and a late night cabaret. All this and more in an idyllic setting by a lake in the Laurentian Mountains.

Read More About It: Adah Hetko, “The Fallen Apple: Attending KlezKanada with my Dad,” In geveb, 2019.

Other

Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization (Evanston, Illinois, USA)

https://www.hef.northwestern.edu/summer-institutes/northwestern/

Dates: June 22-July 3

Application Deadline: February 17. Qualified applicants are graduate students and faculty planning to teach Holocaust-related courses at institutions of higher education.

Description: topics include: the religious history of European Jewry; the history of the Holocaust; the Holocaust in art, film and literature; gender during and after the Holocaust; Jewish responses to persecution; recent methodological and historiographical approaches to the Holocaust; and Holocaust pedagogy.

MLA STYLE
Lubin, Jonah. “Yiddish in ale lender! Yiddish Summer Programs Roundup 2020.” In geveb, January 2020: https://ingeveb.org/pedagogy/yiddish-summer-2020.
CHICAGO STYLE
Lubin, Jonah. “Yiddish in ale lender! Yiddish Summer Programs Roundup 2020.” In geveb (January 2020): Accessed Apr 01, 2020.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jonah Lubin

Jonah Lubin is an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, and the current Yiddish Fellow at the Yiddish Forward. He is the Editorial Intern for In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies.