Online Learning Module & Travelling Summer School


Call for Applications


Are you interested in learning about the rich Jewish heritage in the place that you live? Have you got what it takes to share the things that you learn with a wide range of new people? Are you aged between 20 and 40? Then read on, because this might be exactly the kind of thing that you’ve been looking for.


The Baltic Jewish Heritage Study Programme (BJHSP) consists of two integral parts: the Online Learning Module and the Travelling Summer School. The Online Learning Module part comprises four online seminars that equip participants with the necessary knowledge to understand the wider perspective and background of Jewish heritage in the Baltic region. The Travelling Summer School is a 10-day road trip through different Latvian and Lithuanian towns and cities, and is aimed at giving participants the opportunity to see how Jewish history has influenced local culture (and vice versa), to explore Jewish life and culture today and to immerse themselves in Jewish heritage and history.
The main aim of the programme is to build enthusiasm and to inspire, to increase knowledge and to provide the skills required to work with Jewish heritage. The programme includes an impressive and diverse series of lectures, workshops, visits, cultural events and more, and combines the complementary subjects of Jewish culture, religion and heritage with history, covering the historical, textual, and linguistic contexts of Jewish heritage. The programme is coordinated and delivered by renowned organisations from Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden who are all active in academia, education and community activism. Preparatory work will be provided to help build an understanding of what the school will entail. At the end of the programme, participants will make presentations of their key findings and potential directions for future work.

BJHSP will equip participants:

  • With the necessary skills required to work in the field of local Jewish heritage
  • With a wider understanding of Latvian and Lithuania Jewish heritage and history as an integral part of Latvian and Lithuanian culture and history
  • With an understanding of how Jewish heritage can play a significant role in tackling social challenges and addressing broad topics such as cultural diversity and integration
  • With ways of using and utilising the rich and multifaceted sources of Jewish heritage

The programme is co-organised by: 


In Latvia

  • Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia (Riga)
  • Museum “Jews in Latvia” (Riga)
  • Daugavpils University (Daugavpils)


In Lithuania

  • International Centre for Litvak Photography (Kaunas)


In Sweden

  • Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden (Stockholm)




Online Learning Module
The Online Learning Module is made up of four, three-hour sessions that will take place every Thursday between May 5, 2022 and May 26, 2022. Each session will run from 18.00 until 21.00. 

Travelling Summer School
The Travelling Summer School will take place between Friday July 8, 2022 and Sunday July 17, 2022. The Travelling Summer School will start in Riga and will end in Vilnius, and will take in at least 10 towns, cities and villages along the way.


Costs Covered During the Travelling Summer School:

  • Travel*
  • Accommodation in rooms for two people
  • All meals 
  • All excursions, guided tours and cultural activities associated with the Travelling Summer School
  • Workshop materials


* Not included are the travel costs required to get to Riga at the start of Travelling Summer School, and to travel home again from Vilnius or Kaunas at the end. BJHSP is also not responsible for travel insurance.



Applications are open to people of all nationalities, although they must be officially resident in Latvia or Lithuania between May 5, 2022 and July 17, 2022. Applications are sought by, but not limited to, people working for NGOs, community organisations and museums, plus civil servants, journalists, social media influencers, artists, union representatives, social activists, educators and academics. 


 Applicants must be:

  • Ideally between 20 and 45 years of age
    (applicants aged between 18 and 20, and over the age of 45, will also be considered)
  • Able to communicate in English (note that applicants might be tested before being accepted onto the programme)
  • Actively involved in communicating with the general public
  • Open-minded
  • Willing to learn about Jewish history and culture
  • Capable of working in a team
  • Happy to keep in touch after completion of the programme


Approximately 14 participants will be selected.


How to apply:
Candidates wishing to participate must complete the online application form. Applications are open until 22.00 CEET on Sunday March 13, 2022. Applicants will be notified after March 28, 2022. 

Learn more about The Travelling Summer School: Challenging the Past: Jewish Heritage Study 2019 here.

If you have any questions in connection with the application, please send an email to info@jewishmuseum.lv

BJHSP is financially supported by Nordplus.