The Yiddish Book Center offers meaningful and challenging positions, a warm, friendly atmosphere, competitive salaries, and excellent benefits. We are seeking applicants for the following positions (see details below):

• Residential Assistant

The Yiddish Book Center is seeking a Residential Assistant proficient in Yiddish to facilitate a fun and intellectually stimulating Yiddish-speaking environment for eighteen college students and assist with the daily operations of an intensive summer program in Yiddish language and culture.  

Now in its fourth decade, the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program offers motivated students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Yiddish language and culture. Participants study with renowned scholars and build a community of yidishkayt in a supportive residential setting.

Position Description:

General responsibilities: facilitate a comfortable, fun, and intellectually stimulating Yiddish-speaking environment for eighteen college students; assist with the daily operations of an intensive summer program in Yiddish language and culture; live in a Hampshire College apartment-style dorm with the students. This is a seven-and-a-half week position, with weekends and evenings required. This year’s program runs from June 5-July 22, 2016, and includes a field trip to New York City, July 6-9, 2017.

Duties will include but not be limited to:

  • living in dorm with students; helping students with daily living, such as weekly supermarket trips 
  • assisting with student orientation
  • being the first line of response for students’ questions and concerns
  • staffing evening activities and events for the program
  • enforcing program policies in consultation with Program Assistant and Administrative Director 
  • communicating with Program Assistant and Administrative Director if any concerns about students arise
  • helping to promote a Yiddish learning community among students
  • organizing Yiddish-infused extracurricular and social activities 
  • assisting with driving and picking up faculty, students, or supplies as needed
  • helping coordinate and participating in New York City field trip, July 6-9, and shorter field trips to be determined
  • helping Yiddish Book Center staff with logistics in the days prior to the program launch and following program conclusion
  • assisting with student check-out of dorms
  • other tasks as assigned by supervisor


  • good organizational and interpersonal skills
  • maturity, flexibility, sense of humor
  • proficiency in Yiddish language
  • valid driver’s license and safe driving record
  • minimum 21 years of age

Highly Preferred:

  • experience in college residential support


  • familiarity with Yiddish Book Center and Five-College area
  • knowledge of modern Jewish culture and Jewish community


  • Two days set-up
  • Seven weeks on site, primarily afternoons, evenings and weekends
  • Two days wrap-up


  • $3,500 plus housing in Hampshire College apartment-style dorm

Application instructions:

Applications must be received by January 23, 2017. Send to: Gretchen Fiordalice, director of education administration, gfiordalice@yiddishbookcenter.org.

To apply:

1. Send resume or CV, including Yiddish language background, that describes your relevant interests and experiences and a cover letter that addresses why you want to work in the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program

2. Have two professional references (current or former supervisors) send their letters of recommendation directly to Gretchen, gfiordalice@yiddishbookcenter.org

If you have questions, email Gretchen at gfiordalice@yiddishbookcenter.org or call 413-256-4900, ext. 103.

​• Internships in Jewish Oral History

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is seeking three paid interns for the academic year to help process more than 200 video oral history interviews. Interns will work at the Book Center, located on the Hampshire College campus, between ten and fifteen hours per week.

The internship has two tracks: interns will work primarily on either the technical aspects of the project (editing and uploading video footage of interviews) or on the cultural content (time-coding full-length interviews, identifying interesting clips, and curating video material to make it more accessible to viewers in our online archive). Applicants with a strong background in both film editing and Jewish history and culture will be able to work on both aspects of the project. Interns will work closely with the Project Director, an oral history Fellow, and other volunteers involved in the project.

Technical Intern
Job Description:
Editing, preparing, exporting, and uploading full interviews and excerpts using Final Cut Pro (professional video editing program)


  • Video-editing experience, preferably on Final Cut Pro 7
  • Comfort with technology
  • Interest in learning new software/applications
  • Interest in oral history/ethnography/Jewish culture
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to work independently, with low-level supervision

Cultural Intern
Job Description:

  • Identifying great stories and excerpts of interviews for use in web, print, and other outlets using Final Cut Pro (professional video editing program)
  • Tracking interviews and post-interview processing in the project’s customized FileMaker Pro database


  • Jewish studies background (or familiarity with modern Jewish and Yiddish culture and history)
  • Interest in oral history/ethnography
  • Comfort with technology and interest in learning new software/applications (cultural interns will receive basic training Final Cut Pro video editing software)
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to update and maintain integrated tracking system for a complex workflow and expansive project
  • Ability to work independently, with low-level supervision

Hours: Interns must work a minimum of ten hours per week. Schedule negotiable during weekday daytime hours.

Work study students preferred. Possibility of continued employment through summer.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Project Director Christa Whitney at tellyourstory@yiddishbookcenter.org as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Volunteer Docent

The Yiddish Book Center is seeking volunteer docents to greet and orient visitors, answer questions about events and membership, provide support to our staff, and process donations. Volunteers should be comfortable working with groups, speaking with visitors, using a cash register, and should have an interest in Yiddish culture. Training provided. Docents typically work one three-hour day per week. No prior knowledge of Yiddish is necessary. If interested, please email Sarah Bleichfeld at sbleichfeld@yiddishbookcenter.org or call 413-256-4900, ext. 124.

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer.