The 14th International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture

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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.


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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. Karolina Szymaniak (Jewish Historical Institute, Center for Yiddish Language),


Prof. Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin),


Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska is Professor of American and Comparative Literature at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. In the years 2000-2011 she was the Head of the Center for Jewish Studies. She is the author of more than 300 publications in Polish, English, French, Russian, Hebrew and Yiddish. Her books include “Polska Isaaca Bashevisa Singera – rozstanie i powrót” (Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Poland: Exile and Return, 1994), “Contemporary Jewish Writing in Poland: An Anthology” (2001, with Antony Polonsky), “Odcienie tożsamości. Literatura żydowska jako zjawisko wielojęzyczne” (Shades of Identity: Jewish Literature as a Multilingual Phenomenon, 2004); “Kazimierz vel Kuzmir – miasteczko różnych snów” (Kazimierz vel Kuzmir: A Shtetl of Various Dreams, 2006); “Tam był kiedyś mój dom… Księgi pamięci gmin żydowskich” (My Home Used to Be There… Memorial Books of Jewish Communities, 2009, co-editor); “Jewish Presence in Absence: The Aftermath of the Holocaust in Poland 1944-2010” (2014, co-editor).


She has translated more than a dozen books from English and Yiddish into Polish. In 2004 she was awarded the Jan Karski and Pola Nireńska Prize Award for her research and teaching on Jewish culture and Yiddish literature and language. She is a member of the editorial board of “Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry and Studia Judaica”.


dr Sharon Bar-Kochva (INALCO, Paris),


Annick Prime Margules (Paris),


Annick Prime Margules has taught Yiddish since 1995. She has been a teacher at the «Maison de la Culture Yiddish» (Center for Yiddish Culture in Paris) and in summer programs in Paris, Strasbourg, Bruxelles and London. She is the author of two teaching methods for children and has co-authored a Yiddish self-teaching book (published by Assimil). Annick is part of the Troym Teater, a Paris-based Yiddish-speaking theatre company, where she performed in plays by classical author (Godfaden, Sholem Aleykhem, Chaim Sloves) and in a monologue written by Boris Sandler, Forverts’s editor-in-chief. The Troym Teater has performed in Paris, Bruxelles, Vienna, Montreal and New York City.


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 You will find all the files below.


2016 Application form

2016 Scholarship form