14th International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture Warsaw

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Centre for Yiddish Culture
and the Shalom Foundation
ul. Andersa 15 St.
00-159 Warsaw
proudly announce
The 14th International Summer Seminar
Yiddish Language and Culture
Warsaw, 27 June – 15 July 2016


Submerge yourself in our intensive Yiddish summer course and a variety of language-related activities in our Warsaw Yiddish Center.

Participate in a wide range of afternoon cultural events, lectures and workshops.

Discover the pre- and postwar history of Yiddish culture in Poland.

Get to know contemporary Jewish life in Poland.

Meet native Yiddish speakers from Poland and learn their stories.

Visit the once vibrant center of Yiddish culture.

Explore the resources of Warsaw archives, libraries and visual collections documenting Jewish life in Poland.

For more information, write to: zumerkurs@shalom.org.pl


What do we offer?

60 hrs of language instruction.

10 hrs of afternoon language tutorial for beginners / speaking classes for more advanced students.

Afternoon lectures and a handful of workshops (e.g. Yiddish song, theater, reading Yiddish manuscripts), evening movie screenings.

Guided tours in Warsaw (the Jewish cemetery with tombstones of Y.L. Peretz, Chone Shmeruk and others; the Jewish quarter of Praga on the right bank of the Vistula river, the Warsaw ghetto) as well as visits to the Jewish Historical Institute and other venues and museums.

The lectures and language instructions will be given by specialists from various centers, including Warsaw University, Jagiellonian University, Wrocław University, Warsaw Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Polish Academy of Science and Jewish Historical Institute and others.


Participants will also get a unique opportunity to meet native Yiddish speakers from Poland and learn about the history of postwar Yiddish culture and other topics from the best specialists in the field.


Among the instructors: Dr. Natalia Krynicka (PYC/Paris IV-Sorbonne), Dr. Karolina Szymaniak (Jewish Historical Institute, Center for Yiddish Language), Prof. Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin), dr Sharon Bar-Kochva (INALCO, Paris), Deborah Strauss& Jeff Warschauer (New York), Rafeal Goldwasser (LuftTeater, Strasbourg).


2016 course options


You can apply for:
1) Language course + cultural program (2 or 3 weeks)
2) Cultural program only (please inquire by e-mail)




Three-week program:

Normal fee: $800 / 680 euro
Student fee: $500 / 440 euro
Cultural program only: $500 / 440 euro


Two-week program:

Normal fee: $550 / 480 euro
Student fee: $350 / 300 euro
Cultural program only: $350 / 300 euro


Scholarship opportunities: a limited number of partial scholarships is available. Preference is given to students form Central and Eastern Europe but other students are also encouraged to apply.


Deadline for submissions: 22 May 2016. 
The deadline for scholarship applications: 8 May 2016.
Please note that no scholarship opportunities are available for the two-week course and the cultural program only. Only students willing to participate in the whole program are eligible to apply.



If you need help in finding an accommodation, please contact us.


How to apply?
Please fill out the application form and send it back by email to zumerkurs@shalom.org.pl. You will find all the files below.


2016 Application form

2016 Scholarship form


27 June 2016 - 15 July 2016
27 Jun 2016
15 Jul 2016