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Yiddish Book Center Programs seeks college student applicants for two programs

Yiddish-Book-Center-Amherst-MAAMHERST, Mass. – The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, is now accepting applicants for two programs for college students and recent graduates: the 2017 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program and the 2017-18 Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program.

Now in its fourth decade, the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program is an immersive program in Yiddish language and culture, with beginner and intermediate tracks, open to college and graduate students ages 18-26. Participants can earn six college credits during the intensive seven-week course while studying with scholars in seminar-style classes. Outside the classroom, the students take a field trip to New York City, where they attend Yiddish cultural events, and  hey also take part in events at the Yiddish Book Center, including the annual Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music. Intermediate students also participate in paid internships, working on projects at the Center. Alumni of the program often continue with studies in Yiddish and Jewish culture and history and pursue careers in the field.

The 2017 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program will take place June 4-July 21. Applications are due February 6. Information can be found at yiddishbookcenter.org/steiner-summer-yiddish-program.

The Yiddish Book Center Graduate Fellowship offers recent graduates with backgrounds in Yiddish and Jewish studies an opportunity to gain professional experience working as full-time Center staff members. Fellows may serve as teaching assistants for college-level Yiddish classes, work on the Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, develop educational materials, assist with translation and digital accessibility projects, or do bibliographic work with the Center’s Yiddish book collection. They receive a $30,000 stipend as well as healthcare coverage.

The 2017-18 Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program runs from September 2017 to August 2018. Applications are due January 9.

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