2021 Summer Program Announcement


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


While it is our hope that some students will be able to learn from our stellar faculty in person, we have also arranged to offer online classes at all levels: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. ​ 


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


Our language classes will take place in two different shifts.

SHIFT 1: will begin at 10:00 AM Israel time. This shift will include in-person language classes for all levels, and an online Intermediate class.

CULTURAL PROGRAM: Students from around the world will join together for the same online or hybrid cultural activities at 16:00 Israel time/9:00 EST

SHIFT 2: will begin in the evening Israel time/late morning EST. This shift will include online language classes only.

 Detailed schedule below



The summer program will take place on the Tel Aviv University campus from July 1 to July 29, 2021 (4 weeks), 5 days a week. The program offers intensive Yiddish instruction at three 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 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.


Language Instruction

Yiddish Classes will be held between 10:00 -11.30 and 12.00-13.30 Israel Time on the Tel Aviv University campus, with online options during these same hours. Online language classes will also be offered between the hours of 18:00 and 22:00 Israel time. Class placement will be determined by information and Yiddish wrting sample students provide. Attendance at the Yiddish instruction classes is mandatory.


Yiddish I (Elementary)

Introduction to basic Yiddish grammar, pronunciation, conversation, reading, and writing. Yiddish I includes sections for both native Hebrew speakers and for international students.


Yiddish II (Intermediate)

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


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 which may include emphasis on idiomatic usage of Yiddish, non-standard Yiddish, and Yiddish dialects 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 includes:

  • A series of lectures in English on "Landmarks of Yiddish Literature and Culture".
  • Yiddish guest lectures, conversation classes, immersion Yiddish cooking classes, creative writing, Bible study in Yiddish (for all) and excursions to local sites of Yiddish culture. and more!

Students are encouraged to bring their musical instruments with them.


FULL DAILY SCHEDULE (All times listed in Israel time. Classes open pending enrollment)

10:00-13:30 Language Classes, Shift 1

In person for Israelis, on-line Intermediate level for those abroad

16:00-17:30 Cultural Program for All, Online or Hybrid

18:00-22:00 Language Classes, Shift 2

Beginners :  18:00-20:30 (with a break in between)

Intermediate:  19:30-22:00 (with a break in between)

Advanced students in the research seminar will listen asynchronously to the lectures by Prof. Dovid Roskies and Dr. Miriam Trinh (from shift 1). They will also submit their written homework to these faculty members for feedback. Additionally, advanced students in Shift 2 will have two meetings per week with an Advanced Teachers Assistant as well as regular office hours meetings with the Shift 1 faculty.


Note: Conversation classes, offered once a week for all levels, will be offered at various times, according to enrollment needs


Student Housing 

Dormitories adjacent to the campus are available to the participants. Single occupancy in a two bedrooms afartment. 
​No double cccupancy is available due to health regularions.



Full time students are eligible for scholarships offered by The Naomi Foundation:
$ 700 to B. A. and M.A. students
$ 900 to PhD. Candidates

In addition to these:

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 the grant should contact:


The costs of the program are:

 $ 1,450 Tuition

$ 60 Application fee

$ 1,000 Housing (Singel occupancy in a two bedrooms afartment. No double cccupancy is available due to health regularions).


Dr. Hannah Pollin-Galay, Academic Director
Head, Goldreich Family Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture
Tel Aviv University

Professor Justin Cammy, Summer Director
Smith College

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 Beit Shalom Aleichem for its 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
Fax: +972-3-6407732

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