Summer Program 2022


Note the new additions to our schedule, suitable for students in the Americas.

Our language classes will take place in two different shifts.

SHIFT 1: will begin at 09:00 AM Israel time. This shift will include in-person language classes for all levels.

CULTURAL PROGRAM: Our rich cultural program will take place in the afternoon and some evenings, with online and hybrid features. Scheduling details to follow.

SHIFT 2: will begin at 18:00 Israel time, 11:00 EST in America. This shift will include online language classes only.

While it is our hope that most students will be able to learn from our stellar faculty in person, we have also arranged to offer online classes at the beginning and intermediate levels.

For students who wish to come here this summer, from abroad, our staff will make every effort to guide them through current travel regulations.

Detailed schedule to follow



The summer program will take place on the Tel Aviv University campus from July 3 to July 28, 2022 (4 weeks)*, 5 days a week (Sunday-Thursday) . Full attendance is expected. The program offers intensive Yiddish instruction at five levels. Language instruction will be supplemented by an afternoon program of lectures, conversation workshops and tours.

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 new Museum of the Jewish People 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 (five credits) with highly qualified and experienced teachers in small classes.


*Due to COVID travel requirements, students coming from abroad may be required to arrive earlier than the scheduled start date of the program. Please be in touch with our administrators for updates on this matter.


Language Instruction

In-person Yiddish classes will be held between 09:00 -10:30 and 11:00-12:30 Israel Time on the Tel Aviv University campus. Online language classes will be offered between the hours of 18:00 and 20:30 Israel time. Class placement will be determined by information and Yiddish writing sample students provide. Attendance at the Yiddish instruction classes is mandatory. Students wishing to receive course credit are also required to attend a minimum of five hours of cultural programming per week (roughly 2 or 3 weekly activities).

Yiddish I [sections (a), (b), (c)]

Introduction to basic Yiddish grammar, pronunciation, conversation, reading, and writing. In-person Yiddish I instruction includes (a) a section for fluent Hebrew speakers and (b) for non-Hebrew speakers. The online section of this class (c) is for both Hebrew and non-Hebrew speakers.

Yiddish II [in-person section (a) and online section (b)]

Provides students with opportunities for practice in more sophisticated oral and written expression; students will significantly expand their Yiddish vocabulary and knowledge of advanced Yiddish grammar; provides exposure to more complicated literary, historical, and/or cultural texts.

Yiddish III 

Uses the students’ grammatical base to create fluency in reading, writing and speaking. Emphasis is placed on further expansion of vocabulary, early essay writing skills, and analysis of literary and historical texts.

Yiddish IV

The Jona Goldrich Advanced Seminar for Research Students

Intended for advanced Yiddish students in various fields or disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Students should be enrolled at an accredited university, college, or research institute or be a professional interested in integrating Yiddish into their work (filmmakers, creative writers, etc.). This course is divided into a class on advanced Yiddish grammar and a class in which students have an opportunity for analysis and discussion of literary, folkloric, and/or historical Yiddish texts with the goal of providing students with skills necessary for independent scholarly research and creativity.


Afternoon Academic and Cultural Program

In addition to these courses, the Yiddish Program includes a robust afternoon academic and cultural program, held on campus and in Tel Aviv. The co-curricular afternoon will include:

  • A series of lectures in English offering an overview of Yiddish literature
  • Conversation classes
  • A workshop on deciphering Yiddish manuscripts 
  • Excursions to local sites of Yiddish culture
  • Guest lectures, and more!

Students are encouraged to bring their musical instruments with them.


Student Housing 

Our staff is currently working on providing student housing. Updates will appear soon.



Full time students are eligible for various program scholarships:
$ 800 to B. A. and M.A. students
$ 950 to PhD. Candidates

In addition to these:

1. Applicants to the advanced seminar may be eligible for additional funding as Jona Goldrich fellows. Please inquire for more details.

2.The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, will 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 grants should contact:

The costs of the program are:

 $ 1,450 Tuition

$ 60 Application fee

The cost of housing will soon be updated.


Program Leadership:

Dr. Hannah Pollin-Galay, Academic Director

Senior Lecturer, Literature Department
Head, Goldreich Family Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture
Tel Aviv University

Prof. Justin Cammy, On-Site Summer Director 

Smith College

Ms. Vered Sagie

Administrative Director 

Founding Directors:
Prof. Hana Wirth-Nesher, Tel Aviv University
​Prof. Avraham Novershtern, Hebrew University

The Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program is grateful to the Naomi Foundation, to Beit Shalom Aleichem and to the family of Jona Goldrich (z’’l) for their generous financial support.


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


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