Apply to the Program

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:

Deadline extended! The application deadline is March 29, 2021. Acceptance decisions will be announced by early April. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

We hope to conduct the final week of the 2021 Great Jewish Books Summer Program in-person at the Yiddish Book Center. However, due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, a residential program may not be possible. If that is the case, the final week of the program will be held online. We will inform students of the final course format (part-online/part-residential or fully online) upon acceptance. In the meantime, please see our FAQ for more information regarding Great Jewish Books’ possible remote learning adaptation. 

Contact Information
Basic Information
(e.g. 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, self-reported transcripts and two recommendation forms must be submitted by March 1, 2021, 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 no later than March 1.

Please attach academic transcripts below or email transcripts directly to us at [email protected]. If you are unable to provide digital copies of your transcripts, please 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)

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