JASS offers a diverse sequence of mini-courses and seminars, meetings with local community and social action organizations, excursions to relevant sites around Berlin, and free time to discover Berlin.
JASS accepts activists, students and professionals over the age of 18 from any background and country. JASS is designed for young adults, but is open to everyone, pending application. The application form can be found here.
At JASS, you will learn from some of the brightest, most creative, effective, innovative and dedicated scholars and activists in the world. You will be immersed in a combination of courses, workshops, and excursions to local organizations, giving you new insights and skills to take back home to your own communities and initiatives. An international cadre of invited effective and innovative scholars, activists, practitioners and spiritual leaders teach and guide participants.
The city of Berlin provides the ideal background for our summer program. Steeped in a history of conflict, rebellion and defiance, Berlin has become home to a thriving activist scene that participants get to experience firsthand. By visiting local initiatives, historical sites and enjoying free time to explore the city on their own, participants become immersed in the unique spirit of this diverse and energetic city.
The 3-week JASS program combines seminars, workshops and the study of Jewish texts from Monday through Friday. Visits to local activist initiatives take place on various days during the late afternoon sessions. Optional programming includes Jewish cultural activities and religious services during Shabbat.
Participants in the 2020 program will be housed at the Jugendherberge Berlin Ostkreuz in the trendy neighborhood of Friedrichshain. Accommodations are included in the price of your participation fee.
Students at the undergraduate level will have the option to gain 4 credit points for the entire program that will be transferable to their home universities. Please contact us for more detailed information.
Fees & Scholarship
€400 EU residents
€900 non-EU residents
* Those who apply by 1 April will receive €200 off the cost of tuition
Included in cost of tuition:
Courses and tours
Breakfast and dinner
Local transportation costs
Lunch and snacks
JASS participants become part of a growing network of international activists. JASS alumni have gone on to:
Found a journal of Jewish culture and politics (Protocols)
Develop popular education tools focused on climate policy with Ellery Studio (Berlin)
Serve as a Resident in Art Writing at the Contemporary Art Stavanger (Norway)
Work as Partnerships Manager at Insights.US, which helps organizations become customer-centric through advisory boards and civic engagement
Attend Yale Law School, serving as editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review, and working with the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project
Work as Director of Communication at Cadena, Mexico
Work as Project Coordinator at The Urban Clinic, the Hebrew University (Jerusalem)
Co-found Judaism in Our Own Terms, which helps foster democratic, student-led communities across North America
Write about Jewish women anti-Nazi partisans in Lithuania (Uppsala University)