Dates of 2019 Program - June 30 - July 25, 2019

Description of 2018 Program

The summer program will take place on the Tel Aviv University campus from June 30 to July 25, 2019. 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. 
Students in this seminar will be required to submit two written papers each week.
(This class is contingent on a minimum number of applicants).

Lecture Series 

A series of afternoon lectures in English on Yiddish Literature and Culture will be offered to all registered participants. 

 Afternoon Academic and Cultural Program

Guest Lectures, conversation classes, song workshops, evening concerts or theater, and excursions to
local sites of Yiddish culture.

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. 

Student Housing 

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, 2019.

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

Professor Justin Cammy
Smith College
Summer Director



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