Yiddish on the Continent

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 14th to July 25 th, 2014.

The programme is designed to :

- introduce students to the Yiddish language, literature and culture

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

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

- Singing workshop with Shura Lipovsky

- Recitation workshop with Rafaël Goldwaser

- Lectures on specialised subjects

- Yiddish film

- Visit 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 NIBORSKY - INALCO – Paris.

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

Annick PRIME-MARGULES – Maison de la Culture yiddish, Medem Library - Paris


The cost for the two-week program is 450 euros (or 320 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 2014 and sent to the following address : Institut d’Etudes du Judaïsme , Séminaire Yiddish, 17 Av. F. Roosevelt, B- 1050 Bruxelles; or by e-mail : iej@ulb.ac.be

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.

Application Form :

Name :

Address :

Country :

Phone, Fax :

E-mail :

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

14 July 2014 - 25 July 2014