The Steiner Summer Yiddish Program

June 5-July 22, 2016

A seven-week intensive course for college students

Apply by February 8, 2016

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.


In the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, undergraduate and graduate students ages 18-26:

  • Take a full year of language courses in seven weeks, tuition free
  • Gain substantive knowledge of Central and Eastern European Jewish history and culture in seminars with leading scholars of literature, film, music, and history
  • Earn six college credits upon successful completion of the program
  • Experience contemporary Yiddish culture during a field trip to New York City, where they tour Yiddish-speaking neighborhoods and attend cultural events
  • Attend the Yiddish Book Center’s Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music
  • Participate in paid internships, gaining professional experience working on Yiddish-based projects (intermediate students only)
  • Create a community of peers from around the world in a residential environment

To download and print a flyer, click here.


"I can't wait to keep learning Yiddish and maybe, hopefully, one day either teach or translate Yiddish and be an active member of the community. I feel as though I've found something that I can truly engage with for the rest of my life.​"


Contact Megan Kroll, education program assistant, at or 413-256-4900, ext. 144.

The Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program is made possible through the generosity of David and Sylvia Steiner and a small group of additional sponsors.