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Yiddish Song Workshop  Jul 10 – 17
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.

With Michael Alpert, Daniel Kahn, Psoy Korolenko, Sasha Lurje (Coordinator)
Artists-in-Residence: Christian Dawid, Svetlana Kundish

Yiddish songs, ballads, stories, legends - that's where music and texts connect to create an evocative world. And that’s what we will be exploring during the Yiddish Song Workshop of Yiddish Summer Weimar 2016. read more

Yiddish Language Classes
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 5 p.m.

You can enjoy three weeks of Yiddish studies in 2016, taught by some of the best teachers and specialists in the world, and surrounded by the incredibly rich cultural program of Yiddish Summer Weimar with its jam sessions, concerts, and many other events.

In three consecutive weeks, we offer week-long classes for Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. The classes build on each other, and you can take all three in a row. Of course, if you only have one or two weeks free, you can take just one or two courses, according to your Yiddish language level.

If you want to take part in the third class, which is being offered by Professor Simon Neuberg, you already need a good knowledge of Yiddish, or to have worked hard in the first two courses. Anyone who took part in the intermediate course last year is also very welcome to come to Professor Neuberg's class.

Our Yiddish classes are being offered in cooperation with the Seminar for Jewish Studies, University of Halle-Wittenberg. College students can receive credit for their participation. For more information about this, please send an email to:

Beginners  Jul 10 – 16
With Janina Wurbs
We are very sad to have to announce that our dear friend and colleague, Dorothea Greve, passed away on May 14. She very much wanted for the Beginning Yiddish Language class to take place even without her. The board of other music e.V. has decided to invite Janina Wurbs to teach this year's class. Janina is an experienced Yiddish teacher and Yiddishist with loads of experience in folklore and music. She is connected to Yiddish Summer for many years and we are looking forward to welcoming her at YSW. read more

Intermediate  Jul 17 – 23
With Helen (Khayele) Beer
This workshop is now fully booked. Please write an email to if you want us to put you on the waiting list for this course. We will then inform you in case of a vacancy. read more

Advanced  Jul  24 – 30
With Simon Neuberg
Special topic: J.J. Trunk
Among the many works of J.J. Trunk is a particularly witty modern edition of the Bobe Mayses, based on the prose version that was popular in the 19th century... read more

Traditional Klezmer Workshop  Jul 23 - 30
Intermediate & Advanced Level
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.

With Stuart Brotman, Christian Dawid (Coordinator), Joshua Horowitz, Stefan Puchalski (July 29/30), Joel Rubin, Cookie Segelstein, Amit Weisberger
Artist-in-Residence: Sasha Lurje (vocalist)

What are the specifics of Yiddish instrumental style? How is klezmer music different from other East European musical traditions, and what does it share with other styles? How do tunes change in oral tradition, and how can we use musical variation ourselves? What can instrumentalists learn from Yiddish vocal style? We will look at these questions in depth, this year with a special focus on klezmer music from Poland, a repertoire still little researched. read more

Yiddish Children’s Song Workshop  Jul 24 – 29
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Final Workshop Presentation: Jul 30, 11 a.m.
Kadia Molodowsky: Yidishe kinder (Part II)

With Diana Matut & Andreas Schmitges

In the 2015 Children’s Song Workshop, we looked at a very special woman and her stories and poems for children. Kadia Molodowsky was a teacher of children at Yiddish schools in Warsaw. Especially for the workshop, Alan Bern, director of Yiddish Summer Weimar, composed music to some of her poems. The result convinced us to continue with this lovely topic in this year’s workshop. read more

Yiddish Dance Orchestra Workshop  Aug 7 – 12
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.

With Alan Bern, Zilien Biret, Emil Goldschmidt, Hampus Melin, Ilya Shneyveys

In tandem with the Yiddish Dance Workshop, the Yiddish Dance Orchestra Workshop explores the essential question - “what exactly is Yiddish dance (and music)?” During the workshop we will listen to recordings of American and European klezmer ensembles and soloists from last century to understand the key elements of their playing. read more

Yiddish Dance Workshops  Aug 8 – 12
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.

Have you ever asked yourself what it is exactly that makes Yiddish dance “Yiddish?” How is it different from Israeli folk dances or traditional dances from the Balkans? How are Yiddish and other Eastern European dance forms interconnected? If these questions make you want to know more, then the Yiddish Dance Workshop 2016 in Weimar is the place for you. read more

Dance for Everyone
With Erik Bendix & Andreas Schmitges (Coordinator)
Artist-in-Residence: Hélène Domergue-Zilberberg, Sarah Myerson

This course with Erik Bendix and Andreas Schmitges is for newcomers and for those of you who have already been to any of our other courses or have learned the dances elsewhere. read more

Advanced Yiddish Dance
With Steve Weintraub

Steve Weintraub is offering a course for advanced Yiddish dancers who want to delve more deeply into Yiddish dance. The main focus will be on improvisation and the unwritten rules of dance. read more

Introduction to Klezmer & Yiddish Song  Aug 8 – 12
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.

With Georg Brinkmann, Andrea Pancur & Cookie Segelstein

Since the mid-1980s, klezmer music has become more and more popular in Germany and the rest of the world. But what is “klezmer” exactly? And what does it have to do with Yiddish song? If you’re a musician who plays or sings classical, jazz, world or any other kind of music and you’re curious about these questions... read more

The Art of Badkhones  Jul 31 – Aug 2
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.

With Mendy Cahan

In the badkhones workshop, the first of its kind at Yiddish Summer Weimar, will will get acquainted with the badkhn, marshalik or lets, the Yiddish jester, the master of ceremony of weddings and events, and consider his function and development from three points of views: historical, social and artistic. read more

The Art of Storytelling  Aug 3 – 5
10. a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.

With Michael Wex

The storytelling workshop, the first of its kind at Yiddish Summer Weimar, will be an intensive exercise in finding, crafting and presenting stories in Yiddish. Topics to be covered include:

•  Sources for Yiddish stories. We’ll look at the range of topics and approaches in classical Jewish literature (the Bible, Talmud, Midrash and similar rabbinic sources); Ashkenazi folklore, both written and transcribed; Hasidic tales and post-classical parables and fables; and modern Yiddish literature... read more

Yiddish Choir Workshop  Aug 10-12
Aug 10/11   10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.
Aug 12      10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 4.30 p.m.

With Polina Shepherd

Following last year’s successful premiere, we’re happy to bring back the Choir Workshop in Yiddish Summer 2016. Choir groups and individual singers from all parts of Europe and beyond are invited to join, with the option of performing at the Klezmer Dance Ball on Friday evening. read more

Workshops in the Festival Week  August 1 – 5

Youth Klezmer Band >> more info

Mini-Workshop Klezmer  >> more info

Mini-Workshop Yiddish Song  >> more info

Mini-Workshop Yiddish Dance  >> more info

Mini-Workshop Yiddish  >> more info

Yiddish Cooking  >> more info