Program Activities

Sample Daily Schedule

8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hampshire College dining hall
9:00 a.m. Class 1: Grace Paley, "The Loudest Voice"
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Class 2: Isaac Bashevis Singer, "Yentl"
11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Discussion groups
12:15 p.m. Lunch at Hampshire College dining hall
1:15 p.m. Free time: Optional hike up Mount Norwottuck
3:15 p.m. Yiddish sing-along
4:30 p.m. Reading time
5:30 p.m. Dinner at Hampshire College dining hall
7:00 p.m. Reading and discussion with writer Ilan Stavans
10:00 p.m. Quiet hours in the dorm

“Each activity was engaging, and the program as a whole had the perfect balance of education and fun.”
—2016 student

Sample Reading List

The Great Jewish Books Summer Program reading list can vary from year to year. Here are some of the works students have read in the past:

  • Sholem Aleichem, “On Account of a Hat"
  • Yehuda Amichai, “And the Migration of My Parents”
  • S. An-sky, The Dybbuk
  • Isaac Babel, “The Story of My Dovecote”
  • David Bezmozgis, “Roman Berman, Massage Therapist”
  • Rachel Galvin, Pulleys & Locomotion
  • Sayed Kashua, “Cinderella”
  • Etgar Keret, “Shoes”
  • Irena Klepfisz, selected poems
  • Kadia Molodowsky, “God of Mercy”
  • Amos Oz, “The Hill of Evil Counsel”
  • Grace Paley, “The Loudest Voice”
  • Dahlia Ravikovitch, selected poems
  • Adrienne Rich, “Split at the Root”
  • Joann Sfar, The Rabbi’s Cat, Volume 1: “The Bar Mitzvah”
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer, “Gimpel the Fool”
  • Anna Deveare Smith, Fires in the Mirror
  • Ayelet Tsabari, “Say It Again, Say Something Else”