ONLINEGreat Jewish Books Summer Program

June 20, 2021 Free
Registration closed
(Courtesy photo)
(Courtesy photo)

At the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Summer Program, rising high school juniors and seniors read selections from important works of modern Jewish literature and consider how they speak to the opportunities and challenges we face today. Under the guidance of college professors, they consider how the rich legacy of modern Jewish literature can inform us in the twenty-first century.

Although the program’s focus is on reading, this is not school in any conventional sense: Great Jewish Books is a lively program full of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities—and no grades—for students who read for the love of reading and who are eager to discover the treasures of the Jewish canon.

In the first five weeks of the program, participants attend a series of virtual seminars and social activities, paired with asynchronous activities and spaced out throughout each week to allow time for other summer commitments. The final week (July 25-30) offers a faster-paced deep-dive into modern Jewish literature, with daily classes, talks with contemporary writers, and an array of recreational activities. Students connect with their peers and faculty over Zoom and Discord. View the program activities here.

Great Jewish Books students:

  • read and discuss important works of modern literature by a diverse range of writers such as Franz Kafka, Sholem Aleichem, Grace Paley, Clarice Lispector.
  • learn from college faculty as well as prominent visiting writers (including, in past years, award-winning authors Ayelet Tsabari and Molly Antopol, poet and scholar Joy Ladin, and graphic novelist and scholar Ilan Stavans).
  • develop skills for literary analysis and self-expression that will prepare them for college.
  • connect with other teenagers from across North America who love to read and who care about literature and Jewish culture.
  • discover how modern literature connects them to ancient traditions and contemporary ideas.

Sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. For more information and to apply, click here.

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Fact Sheet
From Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 8:00 am
Until Friday, July 30, 2021 at 8:00 pm
* Registration closes on March 29th
For whom
Grade 11, Grade 12

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