Study and Travel Opportunities

YIDDISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (Summer Study)

There are three excellent summer programs for the study of Yiddish language and culture, two in the United States and one in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Yiddish Internship at the National Yiddish Book Center - The National Yiddish Book Center, in Amherst, Massachusetts, is now accepting applications for its summer program. This is a wholly-funded internship to study Yiddish language, literature, history, and culture, and to a explore a research or translation project. Interns work with the Center's collection of over a million Yiddish books. No prior language experience is required. Jewish Studies minor Jeremy Greenberg was an intern in summer 2007 and had a fabulous experience.

Yiddish Summer Program at New York University/YIVO - New York University in concert with YIVO (Yiddish Scientific Institute) offers an intensive Yiddish language and culture program in New York City. This includes "instruction in Yiddish language, and an in-depth exploration of the literature and culture of East European/American Jewry. The core of the program is an intensive language course daily at one of four levels, designed to develop proficiency in speaking, reading and writing, as well as cultural literacy. As an essential complement to the morning course, students are required to attend afternoon Yiddish conversation classes, workshops and lecture series." IC students can apply for academic grants from Jewish Studies (including the Golberstein Jewish Studies Travel-Study Grant) to help to pay for this program.

Summer Program at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute - The Yiddish Vilnius Institute offers an intensive one-month immersion in Yiddish language and culture in Vilnius, Lithuania, once the heartland of Yiddish speaking Ashkenazic Jewry. The program centers on the study of Yiddish language, visits to sites of Jewish life in Vilnius and other parts of Lithuania, public talks, films, and meetings with Jews still resident in Lithuania. In summer 2009 the program lasts from July 26 to August 21. IC students can apply for academic grants from Jewish Studies (including the Golberstein Jewish Studies Travel-Study Grant) to help to pay for this program.

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STUDYING YIDDISH CULTURE

KlezKamp (December)
KlezKamp offers an opportunity every year to study Klezmer music, song, and dance, Yiddish language and literature, and the visual arts. For December, 2007 the theme was "Mame-Loshn: Women in Yiddish Culture." There are scholarships available for people who apply for work-study, and IC students can apply for Jewish Studies Program student grants for additional support. For more information, click on KlezKamp.

KlezKanada (Summer and year-round)
Rooted in the Jewish communities of Montreal and Canada, KlezKanada teaches, nurtures and presents the best of Jewish traditional arts and Yiddish/Jewish culture. KlezKanada's programming includes music, dance, drama, visual arts, language and literature, film and other forms of expressive culture. IC students can apply for Jewish Studies Program student grants to help pay for these programs. For more information, click on KlezKanada.
 
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CET ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (Washington, DC-based designer and administrator of educational programs abroad)

Crossroads of Islam, Judaism and Christianity in Avila, Spain
CET Academic Programs offers a unique program of academics, activities and travel to inform and advance the understanding we have of the three cultures of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism within the context of Spain's history, society, arts and literature. As the historical foundation is laid, students apply the lessons learned to the modern context and enhance their learning experience with experiential study trips to cities and villages near Avila, cities in Andalusia and, finally, Morocco. CET is a very experienced travel-study company, and IC students have already benefited from their programs in other parts of Europe. Students who would like to consider this possibility would be eligible to apply for the Golberstein Jewish Studies Travel-Study Grant to help support their study financially. For more information, contact Rebecca Lesses (rlesses@ithaca.edu) or CET directly.

Jewish Studies in Prague, Czech Republic
CET Academic Programs offers a wonderful opportunity to study Central European Jewish culture and history in Prague, Czech Republic. The program involves study of the rich history, culture, and literature of Central and Eastern European Jewry through intensive courses as well as travel and hands-on participation in the community. Alumnus Rafi Golberstein studied at this program and gave it rave reviews. Students who would like to consider this possibility would be eligible to apply for the Golberstein Jewish Studies Travel-Study Grant to help support their study financially. For more information, contact Rebecca Lesses (rlesses@ithaca.edu) or CET directly.

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