Applications Now Open for 2016 Great Jewish Books Summer Program

July 24 - 29, 2016 & July 31 - August 7, 2016

Source: National Yiddish Book Center


Now in its fifth year, the Yiddish Book Center's Great Jewish Books Summer Program gives teens a life-changing introduction to the great works of modern Jewish literature. During one spectacular summer week (July 24 - 29, 2016 - Session 1 & July 31 - August 7, 2016 – Session 2 ), young people from across North America—and from diverse religious denominations and family backgrounds—come together at the Yiddish Book Center to study literary works by seminal authors like Sholem Aleichem, Philip Roth, Grace Paley, and Isaac Babel. Participants study with college professors, meet contemporary writers, and make lasting friendships with other teens.


Every admitted participant receives a scholarship for the full cost of tuition, room, board, books, and special events.


Although the program’s focus is on reading, this is not school in any conventional sense: Great Jewish Books is a lively program full of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities—and no grades. The program brings together high school students who read for the love of reading and who are eager to discover the treasures of the Jewish canon. They come to the Yiddish Book Center in beautiful western Massachusetts—home to five prestigious colleges and universities—to read, discuss, argue about, and fall in love with modern Jewish literature.


Complete application must be received by April 1, 2016.

Read more at the Great Jewish Books Summer Program web page.

Updated: Oct. 28, 2015