Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar to Take Place July 1–27

Program Helps Teachers Bring Jewish Literature and Culture to Their Classrooms

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. The workshop is for teachers at Jewish middle and high schools who want to deepen their knowledge of modern Jewish literature and culture, and enrich their teaching.

This year’s workshop takes place July 1–27 at the Yiddish Book Center, adjacent to the Hampshire College campus.

“Too often, modern Jewish literature is not being taught at Jewish day schools and supplementary schools,” said Josh Lambert, the Center’s academic director. “The teachers who come to this workshop are eager to bring this material into their classrooms, and we have world-class faculty who will help them to think about the most meaningful and effective ways to do that.”

Participants in the workshop will read and discuss modern Jewish literature from the Enlightenment to the present day, studying with leading scholars in the field. They’ll explore works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction by writers such as Sholem Aleichem, Gertrude Stein, Dvora Baron, Isaac Babel, Franz Kafka, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Adrienne Rich, and Cynthia Ozick. Participants will also attend a conference on Jewish literature pedagogy, in which they will share their own classroom techniques and learn from other experienced teachers.

After the seminar is over, participants will be supported throughout the subsequent school year, as they continue to develop new approaches for incorporating modern Jewish literature into their classrooms. Teaching resource kits developed from that work are also made available, free of charge, to all educators at an associated website, teachgreatjewishbooks.org.

The Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar is open to participants from a wide range of schools and disciplines, including literature, history, Judaic studies, and social studies. Each teacher accepted to the program receives a stipend of $3,000, as well as room and board for the duration of the seminar. Participants cover the cost of their own transportation to and from the Yiddish Book Center.

Applications for the 2018 Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar are due March 5. For more information or to apply, go to yiddishbookcenter.org/educational-programs/educators/great-jewish-books-teacher-summer-seminar.

The Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar is made possible with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation. The Foundation, established in 2006, is devoted to fostering compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for youth and young adults in the U.S.