Education Matters

by | Dec 18, 2015 | Other News

Great Jewish Books Summer Program opens to applicants

Amherst, MA—High school students are invited to apply to the 2016 Great Jewish Books Summer Program, a weeklong residential program at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass.

Due to the popularity of the program in past years, the Center will offer two sessions in 2016: July 24–29 and July 31– August 7.

At Great Jewish Books, rising juniors and seniors are introduced to a wide range of modern Jewish novels, poems, and short stories—by diverse writers including Isaac Bashevis Singer, Grace Paley, Sholem Aleichem, Anna Deveare Smith, and Etgar Keret—in seminar-style classes led by college professors and in small discussion groups.

Outside of class, the students attend talks by contemporary Jewish writers and take part in recreational activities under the supervision of resident advisers from the program. Participants stay in a dorm at Hampshire College, adjacent to the Yiddish Book Center, where they experience a taste of college life.

All students accepted to the competitive program receive full scholarships covering the cost of tuition, room and board, books, and special events.

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. It is a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Applications for the 2016 Great Jewish Books Summer Program are due by April 1. For more information, visit