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Jewish Activism Summer School

Foto: Amira Mintz-Morgenthau

About JASS

The Jewish Activism Summer School: Social Engagement in Theory and Practice is a program of the University 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 empowers 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.

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. JASS will provide accommodation. Some communal meals on shabbat will be provided by JASS.


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, cultural activities, religious services.



July 30 – August, 19, 2018, held as a full-time program.


The participation fees of 800 € cover tuition, housing, and some meals (for instance, on the Sabbath). There are limited scholarships available. Please contact the organizers for more information.