About the Fellowship Program

The Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program offers recent college graduates a yearlong professional experience in Yiddish language and Jewish cultural work. Fellows spend a year as full-time staff members, learning valuable professional skills and contributing to the Center’s major projects, working closely with colleagues and supervisors. 

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Project Areas

Working in one or two main project areas, Yiddish Book Center fellows bring their insight, ingenuity, and energy to help us carry out both established projects and new initiatives. These include:

Bibliography and Digital Collections: Fellows help the Center's bibliographer sort and catalog new book donations, work with our network of zamlers (volunteer book collectors), and help with Yiddish book inquiries. Fellows will be invited to write articles and blog posts for the Center's website, and to select items to feature as highlights on our website. Fellows may help develop new technology or work on multimedia projects designed to make our rich holdings accessible to a wider public. Fellows may also support efforts to digitize and catalog Yiddish language resources from across the Center’s collections. 

Communications and Publication: Fellows provide support to communications efforts in the areas of social media, publication of articles and blog posts for the Center's website, production of the Center's podcast, and print publication.

Educational Programs: Fellows help organize and coordinate on-site and online courses on topics related to Yiddish and Jewish history and culture for adult learners.

Exhibit Planning: Fellows will participate in planning, design, and implementation of a new core exhibition on Yiddish literature and culture. Projects may include exhibit research, development of online exhibit content, and visitor experience planning.

Translation: Fellows develop translation editing skills working on our online translation publications and the annual translation issue of Pakn Treger, the magazine of the Yiddish Book Center. Fellows also support the Center’s Translation Fellowship, helping to coordinate translation workshops and other aspects of the program. 

Yiddish Education: Fellows assist the director of the Center’s Yiddish Language Institute as teaching assistants for on-site college-level Yiddish courses.