Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program 2013-2014

The Yiddish Book Center is now accepting applications for its 2013-2014 Fellowship Program!
Apply by January 4, 2013!

About the Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program:
The Fellowship Program offers talented young college graduates who are passionate about Yiddish language and culture the opportunity to spend a year as full-time Yiddish Book Center staff, learning new skills and deepening their own knowledge of Yiddish language, literature, and culture.  Fellows provide content for existing programs and spearhead new projects. 
Fellows work in a number of areas, including:

  • Books & Collections — developing, digitizing, and curating our collection of Yiddish books, audio books, and archival materials
  • Education & Outreach —developing onsite and online opportunities for education in Yiddish language and culture
  • Oral History & Ethnography —collecting, editing, and curating stories and cultural artifacts of Jewish life

Past Fellows have done important work, including:

  • Launching the The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project
  • Curating the Center’s permanent exhibition on Yiddish literature
  • Digitizing rare audio recordings of renowned Yiddish writers
  • Developing online courses and exhibits
  • Organizing a conference on Yiddish translation and administering a new translation grant program.
  • Creating and leading educational tours of the Center
  • Writing for and serving as managing editor of the Yiddish Book Center’s magazine, Pakn Treger

Applicants should be recent college graduates with strong backgrounds in Jewish studies or related disciplines,  a working knowledge of Yiddish, and demonstrated interest in Yiddish language and culture. The program runs from September 2013 through August 2014. Each Fellow receives a stipend of $28,000 plus health insurance.
How to apply:
To apply please send the following materials to Amy Leos-Urbel,  Director of Educational Programs, at aleos-urbel@bikher.org:

  • Cover letter addressing why you want to be a Yiddish Book Center Fellow, as well as your relevant interests and experiences
  • Resume
  • Official academic transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Three letters of reference (including at least one from an academic instructor and at least one from a professional supervisor)

All application materials must be received by January 4, 2013.
If you have questions, please contact Amy at aleos-urbel@bikher.org or 413.256.4900 ext.131.