New Masters Degree in Yiddish Literature at Israeli Universities

A new inter-university graduate program in Yiddish literature will be launched in the Fall of 2012 involving Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Ben-Gurion University in the Negev. A two-year program with the choice of both thesis and non-thesis tracks, the MA in Yiddish Literature will be open to international students as well as Israelis.

Students may enroll at the university of their choice and will be required to take core courses at each of the universities and electives at their home institution as well as at the other universities. Among the courses offered are Introduction to Yiddish Culture, Jewish Writing and Literary Theory, Milestones in Yiddish Literature, Research and Critical Methodologies in the Studying of Yiddish Literature, Language and Guided Readings (Yiddish).

Courses will be offered in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English.

Students in the MA program will have the benefit of studying under the guidance of faculty from all three academic institutions, as well as gaining access to the National Library in Jerusalem, the Margulies Collection of Yiddish Literature at Tel Aviv University, the Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program, and activities organized by the Goldreich Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture.

Students will have at their disposal the Historical Jewish Press website database, a joint project of Tel Aviv University and The National Library. Additionally, students will enjoy database access to the world's largest Yiddish bibliographical enterprise, the Index to Yiddish Periodicals, currently run by the Hebrew University and Beth Shalom Aleichem. This integrative MA-track reflects and showcases the most current and up-to-date developments, trends and movements in literary studies and research.

Terms of Admission
Students will need to demonstrate proficiency in the Yiddish language at the Advanced Level and hold a BA degree in literature with a minimum GPA of 80. Students from abroad will have to meet the general entry requirements for each university, and will have to be proficient in Hebrew.

The steering committee for the new MA Inter-University MA Program in Yiddish Literature are Professor Avraham Novershtern, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor David Roskies, Ben Gurion University in the Negev, and Professor Hana Wirth-Nesher, Tel Aviv University.

Fellowships (tuition plus stipend) are available for selected students due to grants from Yad Hanadiv (The Rothschild Foundation) and the Council for Higher Education.

For inquiries, guidance and additional information contact the Program Coordinator:

Adina Stern, The Goldreich Family Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture.
Tel: +972 (0)3 6407805;

The Institute website: