Hours and Directions

Visitors are always welcome at our architecturally-distinctive “shtetl,”  set on a ten-acre apple orchard at the edge of the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.  We’re a two-hour drive from Boston, three hours from New York, and one hour from the Berkshires.  Frequent connections are available on Amtrak and all major airlines.


Sunday-Friday 10AM-4PM
*Guided tours available every Sunday at 11am and 1pm and Tuesdays at 2pm. Free and open to the public. 
**To check our calendar of events click here.

Closed Shabbos (Saturday) and Jewish and legal holidays.


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By Car

Mapquest and GPS:  Set destination as “Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.”  Once you arrive on campus, follow signs to the Yiddish Book Center.

From NYC and points south: Take I-91N to Massachusetts Exit 19 (Northampton/Amherst). Turn right onto Route 9 E. Pass over the Calvin Coolidge Bridge. Before the Getty Station, take a right. At the stop sign, make a right onto Route 47. After 1.8 miles, take a left onto Bay Road toward Hampshire College/South Amherst. Continue another 2.5 miles and turn left at the Bay Road entrance of Hampshire College.  Turn right at the intersection. The Yiddish Book Center is the first wooden shtetl you’ll come to on your right. 

From Boston and points east:  I-90W (Massachusetts Turnpike) to I-91N.  Follow directions above.

From the Berkshires, Albany and points west: I-90E I-91N.  Follow directions above. 

From the north: I-91S to Exit 20 (Northampton). At traffic light, turn left onto Damon Road. At next light, turn left on Route 9 E.  Follow directions above. 

From north-central Massachusetts and New Hampshire: Route 2W to exit 16 (Amherst). Go approximately 14 miles on route 202S. Turn right on Pelham Road, which becomes Main Street. In the center of Amherst, turn left onto Route 116 South. Continue for about 4 miles. Turn right into the Hampshire College entrance, then left at the first intersection. The Yiddish Book Center is the first building on your left.

By Plane

Frequent connections can be made on all major airlines to Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford, CT, which is less than an hour south of Amherst. Car rentals are available at the airport. Reasonably priced limousine service may be arranged in advance by phoning Valley Transporter at 800-872-8752.  Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) is two hours away.

By Train

Amtrak trains run on a regular schedule from New York’s Penn Station and points south to Springfield, Massachusetts, which is 40 minutes south of Amherst. One train a day – Amtrak’s “Vermonter” – goes through Northampton.  Reservations are required for all trains:  www.amtrak.com, or 1-800-USA-RAIL.  Taxis are always waiting outside the Springfield train station.  It is also possible (and less expensive) to arrange for limousine service by phoning Valley Transporter in advance at 800-872-8752.  At the Northampton station you can phone Green Taxi, 413-461-3099; GottaGo Taxi, 413-461-3070; Tik Tak Taxi, 414-256-4500; or Celebrity Cab, 413-253-7330.

If you get farblonzhet (lost)…

If you get lost – or if you’d like additional information – please phone us. Our staff members are knowledgeable, friendly and eager to help. We can be reached by phone at 413-256-4900, x127, or by email at yiddish@bikher.org.