Dates of 2018 Program - July 1 - 26, 2018

Desciption of 2017 Program

The summer program will take place on the Tel Aviv University campus from July 01 to July 26, 2018. The program offers intensive Yiddish instruction at five levels. Language instruction will be supplemented by an afternoon program of lectures, conversation workshops, tours, and by evening cultural and social events.

Located minutes away from both the center of Tel Aviv and its beaches, TAU is the largest university in Israel, with significant resources in Jewish Studies, among them the Diaspora Museum and the Margulies Yiddish Book Collection. Students can enjoy Tel Aviv's diverse attractions: museums, cafes, Bauhaus architecture, the beach and the promenade, the old harbor, summer festivals, and clubs in this Mediterranean city "that never sleeps."

As students of TAU International, the Tel Aviv University School for Overseas Students, whose credentials are recognized by universities world-wide, participants will receive 80 hours of language and literature instruction (four credits) with highly qualified and experienced teachers in small classes.

Morning Language Instruction

Yiddish Classes will be held between 9.30-11.00 and 11.30-13.00 on the Tel Aviv University campus. Class placement will be determined by students' performance on a Yiddish proficiency test. Attendance at the Yiddish instruction classes is mandatory.

Yiddish I

Introduction to standard Yiddish conversation, grammar, and writing for both native English and Hebrew speakers.

Yiddish II

For students who have attained basic Beginners' Yiddish. This class is divided into two parts: developing composition and conversational skills, and reading and discussing literary texts.

Yiddish III

For students whose knowledge goes beyond basic Beginners' Yiddish, this course is also divided into two parts: developing composition and conversational skills, and reading and discussing literary texts.

Yiddish IV

For students nearly fluent in Yiddish, this course will include a significant literature component as well as improving both writing and reading comprehension.

Yiddish V

This advanced course is designed both to improve fluency with emphasis on idiomatic usage of the language, and to analyze selected texts in modern Yiddish literature.

Advanced Seminar for Research Students

An advanced seminar class designed for university students who are nearly, or already proficient in Yiddish, and who are engaged in research that requires advanced Yiddish knowledge. The seminar is designed both to improve fluency and to analyze selected texts in modern Yiddish literature, and will be taught by Dr. Miriam Trinh, Prof. Marc Caplan and Prof. Yitskhok Niborski.
Students in this seminar will be required to submit two written papers each week.
(The introduction of this new class is contingent on a minimum number of registrants).

Lecture Series 

A series of lectures in English on "Landmarks of Yiddish Literature" if offered to students and the general public. 

Afternoon Academic and Cultural Program

Afternoon workshops, lectures and activities will be held on the Tel Aviv University campus. Activities will include conversation classes, a folksong workshop and concerts. Students are encouraged to bring their musical instruments with them.


Weekend-trips to Jerusalem, the Negev, and the Galilee are organized by TAU International, before and during the Program. 

Dormitories adjacent to the campus are available to the participants, double occupancy only.


Scholarships are offered by The Naomi Foundation to all full time students:
$ 500 to B.A. students
$ 700 to M.A. students
$ 900 to PhD. Candidates

In addition to these:

The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europewill be funding 6 grants of up to £1,000 for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers of Jewish Studies in Europe who will be attending the language course, in order to gain or improve upon the language skills necessary for their research.

Post-doctoral applicants must have received their doctoral degree no more than 5 years before the closing date of the current grant round.

Applicants who are interested in applying for the grant should contact:
Last date for applications is: March 31, 2018.

The costs of the program are:

 $ 1,450 Tuition

$ 60 Application fee

$ 800 Housing (double occupancy).

Academic Program Directors:

Prof. Hana Wirth-Nesher

Director, Goldreich Family Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Tel Aviv University

The Samuel L. and Perry Haber Chair on the Study of the Jewish Experience in the United States

Professor of English and American Studies, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Avraham Novershtern

Director, Beth Shalom Aleichem

Professor of Yiddish at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem


For additional information, please contact:

The Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program

Rosenberg Building, Suite 101d

Tel Aviv University

Ramat Aviv

Tel Aviv 69978

Tel: +972-3-6407805

Fax: +972-3-6407732