Summer Program 2024


The Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Research Seminar  will take place on the Tel Aviv University campus from June 30 to July 11, 2024, 5 days a week (Sunday-Thursday). 

This year, we are offering a program of intermediate and advanced workshops in Yiddish on special topics in Yiddish language, literature, culture, and research methods taught by leading lights of Yiddish Studies in Israel and abroad: 

Mr. Eliezer Niborski- Deciphering Yiddish Manuscripts.

Mr. Mikhl Yashinsky- Dramaturgy and Yiddish Research.

Dr. Miriam Trinh- Academic Yiddish Writing.

Dr. Oren Roman- Old Yiddish & Modern Methods.

Dr. Yaad Biran- Geographies of Yiddish Literature.

Dr. Yaakov Herskovitz- Translating Yiddish in Theory & Practice.

Dr. Zohar Weiman- Kelman- Yiddish Sexology, Queer Theory and Digital Humanities.

Prof. David Roskies- Speech and Style in Yiddish Literature.


The program is designed to:

  • expose a rising generation of research-students and early-career scholars to a wide array of disciplinary and methodological approaches to the field of Yiddish, from manuscript studies to digital humanities and everything in between.
  • foster outstanding Yiddish language skills both spoken and written.
  • support students and emerging scholars in furthering the aims of their current research.
  • build scholarly community by bringing early career and veteran scholars together to envision the future of the field.


We invite applications from:

  • Graduate students and early-career scholars from all disciplines, whose research substantively engages with Yiddish primary sources and corpora: literary studies, history, religious studies, linguistics and philology, sociology and anthropology, to name an only few
  • Writers, artists and creative professionals whose current projects require significant research using Yiddish literary or historical materials
  • In special cases, undergraduate students whose research projects show exceptional promise will also be considered.

Applications due by March 15, 2024

Participation in the Seminar will be capped at 18 students

 Cultural Events:

* Lecture series by Yiddish Scholars.
* Personalized mentorship program, led by Prof. Justin Cammy.
* Student research forum.
* Tour of national library of Israel- Yiddish Collections.
* Theater workshop.
And more!

Full tuition for qualified participants. Travel & Housing aid are also available

Applicants who are interested in applying should contact:

Program Leadership:

Dr. Hannah Pollin-Galay, Executive  Director 

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

Dr. Rachel Wamsley, Academic Director
Tel-Aviv University


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.




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