Apply to the Program

Applications for the 2020 Great Jewish Books Summer Program are not yet open. Sign up for updates on the program, including next year's application process, here.

Every admitted participant receives a scholarship for the full cost of tuition, room, board, books, and special events.

General Application Information:

Our online form now allows you to save a draft of your application. Click the “save draft” button at the bottom of the page, enter your e-mail, and you’ll be sent a personalized link to return to your draft at any time. 

Your complete application must include:

  • This form
  • Official academic transcripts (sent directly by high school)
  • Two recommendations

We have begun the review process and will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 413-256-4900, ext. 152.

Contact Information
Basic Information
(ie. she/her, they/them, he/him, etc.)
Parent/Guardian 1 Information
Parent/Guardian 2 Information
More About You
Short Essay Questions
Each answer should be between 150 and 350 words.
We are not looking for any specific answer here; we’d just like to get to know a little more about you. We are seeking students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
Additional Materials

In addition to this application form, official academic transcripts and two recommendations must be submitted in order for your application to be considered. One recommendation must be from a high school teacher whose class you have taken; the second can be from another teacher, guidance counselor, coach, youth group leader, club adviser, synagogue educator, or supervisor.

Please share the link to the recommendation form with your two recommenders and ask them to submit the form.

Please have your high school(s) email official transcripts directly to us at [email protected] or mail or fax them to us at:

Yiddish Book Center
Attn: Great Jewish Books
1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Fax: 413-256-4700 (attention: Great Jewish Books)

Both the applicant and the applicant's parent/guardian must type their full names and the date below, acknowledging that this application is being submitted.
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