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Centre for Yiddish Culture
and the Shalom Foundation
ul. Andersa 15 St.
00-159 Warsaw
proudly announce
The 16th International Summer Seminar
Yiddish Language and Culture
Warsaw, 2 July – 20 July 2018


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:


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)




Natalia Krynicka is an acknowledged teacher, researcher and translator of Yiddish literature. Since 1995 she has worked at the Medem Library in Paris, where she is the co-director of pedagogy and the chief librarian. She teaches Yiddish and Jewish literature at the Sorbonne and at the Center for Yiddish Culture (Maison de la culture Yiddish) and on international seminars in Paris, Strasbourg, Vilnius. Her doctorate concerned the Polish-Jewish cultural relations in the light of translations from Polish to Yiddish and from Yiddish to Polish in the years 1885-1939. She has regularly published Yiddish translations in “Cwiszn” magazine and others.


Dr. Agata Kondrat


Fot. Marta Zabłocka



Linguist, translator, yiddishist, a graduate of German at the University of Warsaw. At the Faculty of Modern Languages at the University of Warsaw in 2012 she defended her doctorate about Yiddish-Polish language contacts. She received scholarships of The Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, Vilnius Yiddish Institute, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. She was an editor of the “Language” section of the “Cwiszn. Jewish quarterly magazine of literature and art”. She teaches Yiddish for seven years, among others during International Summer Seminar of Yiddish Language and Culture in Warsaw. As a translator she cooperates with the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw (as a translator of the new edition of the Ringelblum Archive), Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews. She is also a sworn translator of Yiddish.



Dr Aleksandra Geller

Cultural anthropologist, historian, translator and language instructor. A native of Warsaw currently living in Israel, she holds a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford and a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Warsaw. Her research interests focus on the modern Yiddish literary press and questions of national identity. As a translator, she has been involved in several projects, among others the Ringelblum Archive project led by the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. She has also served as a member of the editorial board of “Cwiszn” and as a consultant for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. She currently teaches Yiddish literature and Polish language at the Katedra Ironit in Rehovot, Israel.



Dr Paul Hershl Glasser


Paul Glasser received his doctorate in linguistics from Columbia University. He served as dean of the Max Weinreich Center at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He has taught Yiddish language and linguistics for many years. He was the editor of the English translation of Max Weinreich’s History of the Yiddish Language and co-editor of numerous other publications. He has been editor-in-chief of Yugntruf magazine, a member of the editorial board of Tsukunft, and now serves on the editorial board of Afn shvel. He is the co-editor of the new Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary, the key to Yiddish of the 21st century. He is currently translating Jacob Shatzky’s History of Jews in Warsaw into English.



2018 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


You can pay by PayPal. Our e-mail there is: Please add 4% for fees if you pay by PayPal. Thank you!


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: May 31, 2018.
The deadline for scholarship applications: April 30, 2018. We are prolonging the deadline for scholarship applications by May 6!


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 You will find all the files below.


Application forms:

2018 Application form

2018 Scholarship form


Projekt współfinansowany przez Ministra Spraw Wewnętrznych i Administracji.




Dofinansowano ze środków Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego.



Patronem projektu jest Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich Polin.



Współorganizatorem projektu jest Teatr Żydowski im. Estery Rachel i Idy Kamińskich.