Program Logistics


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.


Students are housed in a Hampshire College dormitory within walking distance of the Yiddish Book Center, in suites with single bedrooms, shared bathrooms, a kitchen, and a sitting room. Basic furniture, linens, and kitchen equipment are provided. Students can do their own cooking or purchase a meal plan for the Hampshire College dining commons.


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. 

Program Costs

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 ($1,488), food, and transportation. 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 ($1,488).

Limited housing subsidies are available based on financial need.