Calendario de Eventos

Learn Yiddish at YIVO in New York City this Summer!
Jun 24 a las 9:30 am – Ago 2 a las 11:00 am

*Tuition is $2,000*

Spend six-to-eight weeks immersed in Yiddish and discover 1,000 years of Jewish history.

From Yiddish-speaking anarchists to the Ba’al Shem Tov, from the gems of the Yiddish short story to the history of Jewish food, explore Yiddish civilization in all its complexity and diversity.

Delve into the riches of the Yiddish language and Eastern European Jewish culture through language classes, seminars, theater workshops, sing-alongs, tours, and other activities throughout New York City. Retrace the steps of the great Yiddish writers and artists who made New York home, experience contemporary life in Hasidic Borough Park, and walk the historic streets of the Lower East Side.

Discover the legacy of the Yiddish Theater, Yiddish music, and more, as you explore Yiddish culture past and present at YIVO’s home in New York City.

We hope to see you this summer!

If the summer program’s usual six weeks aren’t enough, we are now offering additional programs to expand your Yiddish learning:

Refresher Course
June 17–21, 2019

During the week before the Summer Program begins, participants will go over points of the structure and use of Yiddish that merit review or clarification before students embark on their next level of proficiency in the Program’s intensive setting.

This course is for those with previous Yiddish backgrounds. Class discussion will be conducted in Yiddish.

Workshop on Teaching Yiddish
August 5–9, 2019

During the week after the Summer Program ends, participants interested in issues of teaching Yiddish will spend a week of study, discussion, and demonstration. To be addressed: general questions of language pedagogy and the specific challenges of imparting Yiddish.

International and Financial Applicants Apply by: February 28*
General Applicants Apply by: April 2

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*Financial aid is available for international and domestic students.

Not in the New York area or unable to come to YIVO? You can still learn with YIVO from the comfort of home with our online courses:
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Séptimo Congreso Sefardí en Zamora: Sefarad Transatlántica
Jun 30 a las 9:00 am – Jul 3 a las 5:00 pm
Séptimo Congreso Sefardí en Zamora: Sefarad Transatlántica

El Centro Isaac Campantón, en colaboración con el Consejo de la Comunidad Sefardí de Jerusalén, ha organizado la séptima edición del Congreso Sefardí Internacional, este año bajo el título de Sefarad Transatlántica.

El congreso se desarrollará en Zamora entre el 30 de junio y el 3 de julio con el siguiente programa:

 30 de junio

  • Concierto “Cantares Sefardíes”, de Judith Cohen, con entrada libre en la Hostería Real a las 19:00 horas

1 de julio

  • Visita al Museo de las Tres Culturas, Puente Castro, León. Salida de La Hostería Real de Zamora, 8:30 am
  • Concierto de Mara Aranda: Sefarad en el corazón de Turquía (CD 2019), Museo Etnográfico de Castilla y León, 19 hrs. Se requiere entrada.

2 de julio

En el Palacio de La Alhóndiga, sesiones del congreso de 9-14 y  16-19 hrs

  • 10 – 10:15, Palabras de Bienvenida
  • 10:20 – 11:20, Documental “Adio Kerida” (2002)
  • 11:30 – 12:15, Coloquio con Ruth Behar, Universidad de Michigan Ann – Arbor, autora del documental previo.
  • 12:30 – 13.00, Presentación de la novela La isla de Abraham (2018), de Jaime Einstein – Pilar Diez, albacea literaria del autor
  • 13: 35 – 14:05, “Cripto judíos en el Caribe, siglo XVI”, Eugenio Alonso, investigador independiente
  • 16:00 – 16:30, “Las confesiones de Francisco Coronel de Azevedo en el tribunal de Lima: la visión del criptojudaismo de la raia miñota al Virreinato del Perú”, Suso Vila, Diputación de Tui
  • 16:35 – 17:00, “Diccionario Ladino – Leonés”, Alicia Valmaseda, Asociación L’Alderique
  • 17:05 – 17:30, “Comunidad de judíos sefardíes de Marruecos en Canadá”, Judith Cohen, Universidad de York, Canadá
  • 17:40 – 18:00- “Inmigración de los judíos de la península griega a Israel durante el imperio otomano y el mandato británico” Yitzchak Kerem, Historiador, Universidad Hebrea de Jerusalén; director ejecutivo de la Fundación para la Diversidad Judía
  • 18:05 – 18:30 – Panel: Judíos transatlánticos de hoy – Sandra Chajkin (Uruguay), Luisa Morely (Venezuela), Judith Cohen (Canadá)
  • 21 – 22 – Filandón Sefardí, Plaza de la Leña, presentan Alicia Valmaseda y Judith Cohen

3 de julio

  • Presentación de y conversatorio acerca de los libros Una isla llamada hogar (Testimonio, 2010) y Todo lo que guardé (poesía, 2018), de Ruth Béjar. La autora está presente para firmar ejemplares. El acto se desarrollará en la librería Jambrina


About the Great Jewish Books Summer Program
Jul 1 a las 3:09 pm – Ago 2 a las 4:09 pm

Session 1: July 21–26, 2019
Session 2: July 28–August 2, 2019

At the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Summer Program, rising high school  juniors and seniors read selections from important works of modern Jewish literature and consider how they speak to the opportunities and challenges we face today. Under the guidance of college professors, they consider how the rich legacy of modern Jewish literature can inform us in the twenty-first century.

“I learned how to go deeper into the texts and find a completely new meaning to them. In addition, I met so many incredible people. I miss it so much already!”
-Great Jewish Books student

Although the program’s focus is on reading, this is not school in any conventional sense: 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 who are eager to discover the treasures of the Jewish canon.

Participants spend their days at the Yiddish Book Center, immersed in a lively world of Jewish culture, and live in dorms on the nearby campus of Hampshire College.

Every admitted participant receives a scholarship for the full cost of tuition, room, board, books, and special events.

Great Jewish Books Summer Program students:

  • read and discuss important works of modern literature by writers such as Franz Kafka, Sholem Aleichem, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, and Isaac Babel.
  • learn from 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).
  • develop skills for literary analysis and self-expression that will prepare them for college.
  • meet other teenagers from across North America who love to read and who care about literature and Jewish culture.
  • get a taste of college life, from dormitory living to seminar-style classes.
  • discover how modern literature connects them to ancient traditions and contemporary ideas.

Students at Great Jewish Books come from a wide variety of backgrounds, Jewish affiliations, and experiences. We welcome people with multiple heritages, people of color, LGBTQ+ participants, and non-Jewish participants. Anyone who has an interest in Jewish literature and culture is welcome to apply. A printable flyer is available for download below.

Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Margaret, education program assistant, at [email protected] or 413-256-4900, ext. 152.

New! Follow us on Instagram at @greatjewishbooks to see photos from previous years, news from the Center, and updates on the 2019 program.

Support for the Great Jewish Books Summer Program has been provided by Walter, Arnee, Sarah, and Aaron Winshall.