Yiddish Song Workshop  Jul 19 – 25
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 3 - 6 p.m.

With Ethel Raim, Josh Waletzky, Sveta Kundish, Sasha Lurje (Coordinator)
Artists-in-Residence: Efim Chorny, Susan Ghergus, Andrea Pancur, Sasha Somish

What is traditional Yiddish Song, how is it different from other European song traditions and what does it share with them? Based on new perspectives gained from four Yiddish Summers focused on Yiddish/German cultural connections and New Yiddish Song, this year we'll revisit the question of "Yidishkayt" in Yiddish song. read more


Yiddish Language Classes
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 3 - 6 p.m.

You can enjoy three-and-a-half weeks of Yiddish studies in 2015, 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:

Begininng  Jul 19 – 25
With Dorothea Greve
The Hebrew alphabet ("square script") is the key to one of the world's richest and most fascinating cultures that originated 1000 years ago in the Rhineland read more

Intermediate  Jul 27 – Aug 2
With Yuri Vedenyapin
This will be an intensive Yiddish course covering not only grammar but also a wide variety of literary, musical, and audiovisual materials. read more

Advanced  Aug 3 – 9
With Simon Neuberg
The prose and poetry used in this course has been chosen because it is particularly suited to this summer’s central theme – Yidishkayt revisited. read more


Introduction to Klezmer & Yiddish Song  Jul 27 – Aug 1
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 3 - 6 p.m.

With Deborah Strauss & Jeff Warschauer

Whether you have some experience as a klezmer player, Yiddish singer or dancer, or are completely new to the style, this hands-on workshop offers a feast of Eastern European Yiddish instrumental, vocal music and dance. read more


Yiddish Dance Orchestra Workshop  Jul 27 – Aug 1
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 3 - 6 p.m.

With Alan Bern, Emil Goldschmidt, Ilya Shneyveys
Artists-in-Residence: Vanessa Vromans

The Yiddish Summer Weimar Dance Orchestra has always been one of the highlights of the festival. Musicians from different backgrounds and parts of the world work closely together with dancers to restore Yiddish dance music to its original function: making people dance! read more


Yiddish Dance  Jul 28 – Aug 1
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 3 - 6 p.m.

Dance for Everyone with Steve Weintraub
Advanced Dance with Zev Feldman
Artists-in-Residence: Zilien Biret, Christina Crowder, Khayele Domergue-Zilberberg
Coordinator: Andreas Schmitges

Have you always wanted to know how to dance to klezmer tunes and how Yiddish (klezmer) music and dance actually go together? In these two dance courses (Dance for Everyone and Advanced Dance), some of the world’s best dancers and dance scholars will answer your questions. read more


Traditional Klezmer Workshop  Aug 3 – 9
Intermediate & Advanced Level
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 3 - 6 p.m.

June 8 Update! This workshop has reached its capacity, but we're keeping a waiting list in case something opens up. Please let us know if you would like to be placed on the waiting list. We'd also like to invite you to consider the Yiddish Dance Orchestra workshop and the Introduction to Klezmer and Yiddish Song workshops. The Yiddish Song workshop is also a great opportunity for instrumentalists to learn first-hand about Yiddish vocal style, which deeply informs klezmer style, and to explore accompaniment.

With Alan Bern, Christian Dawid, Mark Kovnatskiy, Joel Rubin, Ilya Shneyveys, Deborah Strauss & guest lecturer: Walter Zev Feldman

What makes Yiddish instrumental style so distinct and different from Balkan and other Eastern European music styles? How do we discover this in the historical tradition, and what meaning does that have for us today? These and other questions will guide this year's Klezmer Workshop for intermediate and advanced instrumentalists. read more


Yiddish Children’s Songs Workshop  Aug 4 – 9
Final presentation: Aug 9, 11 a.m.
The subject for 2015: Kadia Molodowsky (1894-1975): Yidishe kinder

With Diana Matut & Andreas Schmitges

In this year’s children’s song workshop we’ll be looking at a very special woman and the poems and stories she wrote for children. Her name was Kadia Molodowsky. She was a teacher, for instance in Warsaw, and she wrote a lot about and for children. read more