Summer Course Yiddish on the Continent - Bruxelles/Brussels

Established in December 1970, the Institute of Jewish Studies in Brussels is a non-profit organization recognized by the State. Its Board of Deputies includes professors of various universities in Belgium.

The Institute offers courses in Jewish languages, literature, history, thought and civilization. After the completion of a two year graduate programme, students receive a « Master en science des religions et de la laïcité » conferred by the Free University of Brussels. Courses are also open to the public.

L’Institut d’Etudes du Judaïsme, a major European Centre for Jewish Studies, announces an intensive programme in Yiddish language and literature to be held from July 17th to July 28 th, 2017.



The programme is designed to :

- introduce students to the Yiddish language, literature and culture

- enrich existant knowledge with the study of Yiddish writers, dramatists, linguists, and folklorists.

The summer programme offers students intensive language courses catering to elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. Language classes are predominantly conducted in Yiddish. The morning classes are complemented with a broad range of language enrichment activities including :

- Singing workshop with Shura Lipovsky

- Theater workshop with Tal Hever-Chybowski

- Lectures on specialised subjects

- Yiddish film

- Visits to Jewish sites (museum, synagogues, monuments).



Our teaching staff includes professors from Belgium, France and England :

Helen BEER - University College, London - University of London

Yitskhok NIBORSKI - Yiddish Centre – Paris.

Sonia DRATWA-PINKUSOWITZ - Institut d’Etudes du Judaïsme – ULB – Brussels.

Annick PRIME-MARGULES – Yiddish Centre – Paris.



The cost for the two-week programme is 480 euros (or 350 euros for full-time university students). As places are limited, only applications with full payment will ensure participation in the programme.

Applications must be received no later than June 15th, 2017 and sent to the following address :

Institut d’Etudes du Judaïsme, Séminaire Yiddish, 17 Av. F. Roosevelt, B- 1050 Bruxelles

Payments should be made to the following bank account : 

Bank ING : 310-1518513-64, Code IBAN : BE29 3101 5185 1364, Code BIC : BBRUBEBB

Accommodation : A list of hotels/aparthotels will be sent on request. You will be able to make your choice and reservation personally.

For further information, please contact : 

Institut d’Etudes du Judaïsme – ULB

Séminaire Yiddish, 17 Av. F. Roosevelt, B- 1050 Bruxelles

Tel: 00 32 2 650 33 48 – Fax: 00 32 2 650 33 47




Application Form






Please attach a photocopy of your ID Card or Passport

Please include a brief description of your previous exposure to Yiddish on a separate page.


The Institute for Jewish Studies offers scholarships to students between 18 and 26 years, who wish to participate in the Yiddish Seminar in Brussels.

The Scholarship Application Form is available by e-mail :

17 July 2017 - 28 July 2017