New Yiddish Song and Accompanying workshop July 20-26
for singers and instrumentalists

With Alan Bern, Daniel Kahn, Sveta Kundish, Sasha Lurje, Ilya Schneyveys & Joshua Waletzky
Artists in Residence: Patrick Farrell, Michael Winograd

Yiddish song has always been both old and new. The vast repertoire of Yiddish song includes folk songs, theatre songs, dance songs, religious repertoire and more. These songs originally had several different functions in Jewish society. But today, as the world changes, so does the role of the repertoire. So what is New Yiddish song? What makes a song new?... read more 


Yiddish Language Classes:
You can enjoy three-and-a-half weeks of Yiddish studies in 2014, taught by some of the best teachers and specialists in the world, and surrounded by the incredibly rich cultural program of jam sessions, concerts, and other events of Yiddish Summer Weimar.

The courses are Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. They build on each other, and you can take all three in a row. 

If you only have one or two weeks free, then of course you can also take just one or two courses, as always, according to your Yiddish language level. 

Our Yiddish courses 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:

beginning July 20-26
Unfortunately, we have to cancel the beginning Yiddish language class due to low registration.

For those interested in beginning Yiddish, please keep an eye on the website for announcements about future classes during Yiddish Summer and at other times and places. Thank you!


intermediate July 28 - August 3
With Simon Neuberg
This course will be aimed at those interested in learning the Yiddish language and exploring the diverse history and culture of Ashkenazic Jewry. read more 

advanced August 4-10
With Yuri Vedenyapin
In keeping with this summer's theme, we'll also engage with 21st century Yiddish literature in this course. read more 


New Yiddish Music July 28 - August 3
Advanced and Intermediate Instrumental Music Workshop

With Alan Bern, Paul Brody, Patrick Farrell, Johannes Paul Gräßer, Ilya Schneyveys & Michael Winograd

Today's New Yiddish Music is inspired by the pioneering American klezmer revival bands like the Klezmatics and Brave Old World, but it also reaches further back into Yiddish music tradition and recombines it with jazz, rock, avant-garde, classical, film and theater music, Balkan and other Eastern European music and more. New Yiddish Music crosses borders of musical language, genre or performance style while keeping an audible Yiddish music heritage. How?... read more 


Children's Songs Workshop July 29 - August 3
Fun griner katshke, broynem ber un flaterl... Yidishe lider far kleyne un groyse kinderlekh
(About the green duck, the brown bear and the butterfly... Yiddish songs for small and big children)

With Diana Matut, Andreas Schmitges

Following the wonderful experiences of the last summers, we'd like to invite you once again to our workshop on songs for young and old. Everyone between the ages of 6 to 120 is welcome! read more 


New Yiddish Dance Music: Dance Music Orchestra August 11-16

With lya Shneyveys, Alan Bern and artists in residence: Isaac Beaudet, Julien Biret

What is New Yiddish Dance? In 2013 we took this question literally and as a result some very new yet authentic Yiddish dances were imagined, worked out and brought to life with the participation of teachers and students alike. Based both on traditional Yiddish dances as well as other folk traditions, dances such as Kompot and Tsepl tants are now becoming a part of the contemporary Yiddish repertoire and are being danced all over the World. read more 


New Yiddish Dance: Dance For Everyone August 12-16

With Steve Weintraub, Vivien Zeller, Andreas Schmitges

Once again, we are offering a “New Yiddish Dance” workshop this year. 
Like all European dance forms, Yiddish dance is rooted in the interconnection of different cultures, from which it developed until the point where it had its own character and style. In Weimar we will be working with many neighboring styles, re-creating this process and thus paving the way for new dances that are based on tradition. read more