Hailey Riechelson, CC'17

Barn in Poland

Naomi Prawer Kadar Columbia Summer Program in Israel and Poland

Language of Instruction: Yiddish; English
Tel Aviv,
Term: Summer

Study Yiddish in Israel and Poland during the summer with generous funding


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Program Overview

The Naomi Prawer Kadar Columbia Summer Program in Israel and Poland is a five-week program that includes the participation in the Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program at Tel Aviv University and the “Exploring Yiddishland” study trip to Poland, led by a Columbia faculty member. Students are provided with a fellowship that includes a travel grant, food stipend, housing at Tel Aviv University and tuition for an intensive four-week-long for-credit Yiddish language and literature course (80 hours), along with tuition for the 1-credit week-long study trip in Poland, including travel and accommodation.


The program is open to CC, Barnard, GS, SEAS, SOA, SIPA, TC, JTS, and GSAS students who have maintained an overall 3.0 GPA and will have completed at least 4 credit points in Yiddish language courses in Columbia Yiddish language program with a grade of “B” or higher before the start of the summer program. These four points (or more) must include at least one of the following courses: UN1101-UN1102 Elementary Yiddish I and II or UN2101-UN2102 Intermediate Yiddish I and II. Please note Yiddish literature classes (in translation) and Yiddish for Academic Purposes cannot be counted as part of the required 4 points.


Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellows are required to write three blog posts about their Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship experience for the website, take a language placement test, and must submit a written report for the Naomi Foundation in English (if possible with photos of participants on site in Israel and Poland), no later than September 1, 2020.

In addition, students must commit to at least three semesters of continuous Yiddish language instruction at Columbia: either two semesters before the summer program and one after, or one semester before the summer program and two after. Thus, the Naomi Prawer Kadar Fellowship will enable students to acquire at least 16 points that can fulfill the Columbia language requirement and, additionally and significantly, can count toward a Concentration in Yiddish (21 points required) or Major in Yiddish (30 points).

For more information, please consult the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies website.

To Apply

Click the “Start Your Application" button at the top of this page.If the button doesn't appear, the program is not yet accepting applications. You will be asked to set up a short profile, which will allow us to send you relevant information about your application. Once you’ve created a profile, you will see a checklist of items that you will need to submit. These include:

  • Application questionnaire(s)
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample in Yiddish
  • Letter of recommendation from Yiddish instructor
  • Official transcript(s)

Fact Sheet

Foreign Language Learning
Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Graduate Students
Language of Instruction:
Tel Aviv,

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020