The 11th International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture in Warsaw

Submerge yourself in our intensive Yiddish summer course and a variety of language-related activities in our newly opened, modernly equipped 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 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.

Faculty: prof. Abraham Lichtenbaum (IWO, Argentina, academic advisor of the Seminar), Penina Meller (Israel), Daniel Galay (Israel), Agata Kondrat (Warsaw University), prof. Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska (University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska, Lublin), Jeff Warschauer and Deborah Strauss (New York).

2013 course options

You can apply for:
1) Language course + cultural program (2 or 3 weeks)
2) Cultural program only


Three weeks program

800 $ normal fee
500 $ student fee
Cultural program only: $500

Two weeks program:

550$ normal fee
350$ student fee
Cultural program only: 350$

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: 31 May 2013.
The deadline for scholarship applications has been extended to 06 May 2013.

Please note that no scholarship opportunities are available for the 2 week course and the cultural program only. Only students willing to participate in the whole program are eligible to apply.


We can help you book a room in a student's dormitory located just 5 minutes from the center. During the summer the dormitory servers as a hotel and it is a very quite place. See photosThe dormitory has single and double rooms organized in studios (2 rooms per studio) with a bathroom and well-equipped kitchenette. 
The dormitory is fully disabled friendly

As of March 2012 the costs of rooms are as follow: 

single room: 64,80 PLN per night
double room: 54 PLN per night

If you prefer to rent an apartment, please contact our bureau and we will try to find a suitable
The exchange rate is subject to change.
1 EURO = 4,10 PLN1USD = 3,10 PLN 

How to apply?
Please fill out the application form on-line or send it back by email to You can fill in or download the form from our website

1 July 2013 - 19 July 2013