The Yiddish Book Center's Steiner Summer Yiddish Program takes place at the Center, adjacent to the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Center is home to innovative educational programs for all ages; an extensive collection of Yiddish books; permanent and visiting exhibits; an oral history project; translation initiatives; and a year-round schedule of public programs.
We're located in Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, a rural area known for its colleges and museums, eclectic shops, scenic landscapes, and outdoor recreational opportunities. To learn more about places to eat, shop, and explore, go to Visit Hampshire County.
Housing & Dining
Students are housed in co-ed Hampshire College dormitories within walking distance of the Yiddish Book Center, in suites with single bedrooms, shared bathrooms, kitchen, and sitting room. Basic furniture, linens, and kitchen equipment are provided. All students must live in the dorms while participating in the program.
Students can purchase a meal plan for the Hampshire College dining commons (approximately $1500). The college dining services offer a diverse, nutritious selection, including extensive vegetarian options. The dining hall staff work hard to accommodate allergies and special dietary needs. While the dining hall does not serve kosher food, those who are comfortable eating vegetarian, vegan, or “kosher style” are usually happy with the dining hall options.
Please note: dorm kitchens are not kosher and the dormitories are accessed with electronic swipe cards.
There is limited local bus service during the summer and few amenities within walking distance. We recommend bringing a car or a bicycle if you have one.
The program covers tuition, required textbooks, and the cost of activities. Some additional books may be required at a small fee.
Beginner students are responsible for the costs of their housing (approximately $1,500), food, and transportation. Limited housing subsidies are available based on financial need.
Intermediate students who work as interns receive a subsidy to cover their housing cost, plus $1,000 for living expenses. Intermediate students who choose to enroll in the culture course rather than in an internship position will not receive a housing subsidy or stipend and will be responsible for the cost of their housing (approximately $1,500).
Optional meal plans are available (approximatley $1,500).
International students are responsible for their visa application fees (approximately $350) and SEVIS fees ($180).
IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19:
We hope to conduct the 2022 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program in-person at the Yiddish Book Center. However, due to the uncertain nature of COVID-19, there is the possibility that a residential program may not be feasible. If that is the case, the full seven-week program will be held online. We will inform students of the final course format (residential or fully online) upon acceptance.