What is JASS?

The 3-week JASS program immerses participants in the world of activism through a diverse sequence of mini-courses and seminars, visits to local community and social action organizations.

Participants study traditional Jewish textual sources, philosophies and the history of Jewish and general activism. They will learn effective skills and strategies for social activism, share personal motivations for and experience in social activism, develop self-knowledge, strengthen their knowledge of Jewish contributions to community building and social change, and join a growing network of like-minded peers.

We are a program of the Universität Potsdam. We are a non-partisan project, unaffiliated with any political party.


We accept activists, students and professionals.


JASS was founded and is directed by Professor Jonathan Schorsch, Chair for Jewish Religious and Intellectual History at the Universität Potsdam, Germany.  An international cadre of renowned instructors and practitioners teaches and guides participants.

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