YiddishSchool: FAQ

How many participants will be in the program?
There will be a maximum of fifteen students in each language class, for a total of approximately forty participants.

How can I register for YiddishSchool?
Each individual participant must register separately. You can register as a non-member, or become a member and then register for YiddishSchool. Dates for YiddishSchool 2020 will be announced in the fall. To receive email updates about YiddishSchool, sign up here.

How do I know which level to sign up for?
Detailed descriptions of each course level are available here. When you register, you will be asked questions about your language background, which we will review to ensure that you are in the right level.

Will I have homework?
There is no mandatory homework; however, optional assignments will be provided for students who want some extra practice with the material covered in class.

Can I come for just a few days or just for the language classes each day?
YiddishSchool is designed for full-time participants who can commit to all of the activities, Sunday through Friday.

Where will I stay?
Participants will stay at the Hotel Northampton, a beautiful historic hotel in the center of downtown Northampton, where they can practice Yiddish together over breakfast. The hotel is within walking distance of Northampton’s renowned local shops, galleries, bookstores, and coffeehouses Program tuition includes hotel accommodations for Sunday night through Thursday night.

For participants who come without a car, one round-trip shuttle between the hotel and the Yiddish Book Center is available each day. The shuttle fee is $75 for the week, and reservations must be made in advance of the program. Taxi phone numbers will be available for those who have additional transportation needs.

What about meals?
Continental breakfast is provided for those staying at the Hotel Northampton. In addition, five kosher lunches and two kosher dinners are provided at the Yiddish Book Center.

I live near the Yiddish Book Center and would prefer not to stay at the hotel. Can I still sign up for the program?
Yes. A commuter rate is available for those who choose not to stay at the Hotel Northampton.

Where will the classes, workshops, and performances take place?
All program activities will take place at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.

What does YiddishSchool cost?
Yiddish Book Center Members:
Tuition and room shared with another participant: $1,100 per person
Tuition and private room: $1,475 per person
Tuition at commuter rate: $750 per person

Tuition and room shared with another participant: $1,175 per person
Tuition and private room: $1,550 per person
Tuition at commuter rate: $825 per person

What is the cancellation policy?
Cancel by February 18 to receive a full refund, minus a $50 processing fee. If you cancel by March 18, you will receive a refund of 50 percent of your original payment. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a refund for cancellations after March 18.


“This program was brilliantly organized. . . . Each member of the staff was accessible, warm, and encouraging.”
YiddishSchool participant