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Jewish Activism Summer School

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About JASS

The Jewish Activism Summer School: Social Engagement in Theory and Practice is a program of the Universität of Potsdam and a non-partisan project that seeks to strengthen young adults’ intuitive urge to work toward social change and their personal desire to become responsible and engaged members of their communities. It aims to help young Jews and non-Jews reflect on ways to effectively address collective challenges on local, national and global levels.  JASS seeks to encourage participants to identify and implement effective solutions, to become social entrepreneurs, oriented by traditional and new interdisciplinary wisdom that will shape their communal obligations, both spiritual and political.  As an immersive experience integrating text study, discussions, field trips, and volunteer work for social organizations, JASS will allow them to bond across differences by sharing the study and practice of social activism drawn from Jewish sources.

For the first summer (2017), JASS expects about 20 young adults, aged 18-30, from across the world. Students (undergraduate level) will have the option to gain credit points that will be transferrable to their home universities.  Tuition subsidies will be available for European participants (those from US and Israel will have to pay the full cost).  JASS will provide accommodation for those who need it and arrangements for food will include communal meals.


JASS will integrate seminars, workshops, text study, discussions, group study; visits to outside organizations engaged in social and environmental work; fieldwork/participation in projects, group reflection on visits. Optional programing will include outdoor excursions, Jewish cultural activities, relevant films, religious services, meditation, and Yoga.


31 July – 20 August, 2017, held as a full-time program.


The participation fees of 650 € cover tuition, housing, and some meals (for instance, on sabbath/shabbat). There are limited scholarships available. Please contact the organizers for more information.

Application and Further Information

Please visit the website of JASS.