Dr. Alan Bern awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on September 30th!

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Photos: Andreas Welskop (above)/Adam Berry

YSW 2022
July 14 – August 20

Hi everybody, here’s the Yiddish Summer Weimar 2022 wrap-up!

Thanks to daily testing and taking the temperature of all participants, teachers, staff and volunteers, we were able to conduct most of our workshops, concerts and other events indoors again this year. More than 200 people from around the world participated in 14 immersion-style workshops that explored this year’s special topic: Greco-Turkish-Yiddish Connections. The workshops were led by 33 teachers, supported by 8 Artists-in-Residence and 42 volunteers, and we were delighted to welcome the return of the Dance Workshop after a 2-year break.

We presented 95 public events such as concerts and jam sessions in Weimar, Erfurt, Eisenach and other cities and towns in Thuringia, attended by approximately 9000 people. During the Festival Week, in addition to 5 stellar evening concerts, we presented 6 audience participation “mini-workshops” led by 11 teachers, a lecture series, Meet-the-Artist, the Late-Night Cabaret, and, thanks to a new cooperation with Lernort Weimar, daily city tours presenting the history of Jews and Jewish culture in Weimar over the past centuries.

The Final Dance Ball returned in full glory as an outdoor public event, and for the first time ever we presented a 4-hour outdoor concert that filled the Herderplatz with people, music and joy.

Yiddish Summer Weimar artists and workshop participants joined and contributed music to a very special commemorative walk from Weimar’s main train station all the way to the entrance of Buchenwald, a distance of 7.5 kilometers.  

Thank you to everyone who gave their utmost to make Yiddish Summer Weimar 2022 a success! Keep your eye on this website and our social media to stay informed about our plans for 2023. For the very latest information, sign up for our newsletter.

We wish you all good health and look forward to seeing you again next year, if not sooner!

The YSW-Team

Ticket presale options

We recommend to buy event tickets via presale because we cannot guarantee to have tickets left at the box office. Unfortunately we do not accept reservations.

These are your presale options: 

  • Buy your ticket here on the YSW website by clicking on the event page
  • Infopoint at the music school "Musikschule Johann Nepomuk Hummel", Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, 99423 Weimar, open daily 10am to 7pm
  • YSW Trailer on Theaterplatz Weimar, open 2pm to 7pm until August 12
  • Tourist Information Eisenach, Markt 24, 99817 Eisenach
  • Tourist Information Erfurt, Benediktsplatz 1, 99084 Erfurt

Changes to the festival week concert venues

The festival week concerts on August 9, 10 and 11 will take place at Erbenhof in Brauhausgasse 10, 99423 Weimar, weather permitting. Only in case of bad weather the events will take place at mon ami Weimar. We will inform you here and on our Facebook and Instagram channels if we have to move the concerts to the mon ami. So please check back here before your concert visit.

All other events of the festival week will keep their original venue.

in cooperation with the Buchenwald Memorial

In a very special event on On July 31, the wartime deporation of 115 Jewish youth from Hungary to Buchenwald will be commemorated. A 7.5 kilometer public gathering and guided walk follows the path of train tracks that once led from the Weimar Central Train Station to the former Buchenwald concentration camp. At resting points along the way, Yiddish Summer Weimar artists will contribute moments of musical and poetic reflection, culminating in a large official ceremony with music at the Buchenwald Memorial.

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Workshop registration is now open.

Meet the YSW22 Faculty!

Dear Friends of Yiddish Summer!

The special topic of this year's Yiddish Summer Weimar is "Greco-Turkish-Yiddish Connections," centered on the surprisingly abundant vocal and instrumental repertoire shared by these interconnected music cultures. This is but the first step of a multi-year plan to better understand Yiddish music in the richly transnational context of the Ottoman period.

For the first time since 2003, we will welcome back to Weimar the great Greek singer Sofia Papazoglou as well as master Greek violinist Kyriakos Gouventas. Two new, transcultural music ensembles will bring fresh, creative and historically-informed perspectives to the workshops (see * below for more). 
If you are new to the world of Yiddish music and culture, our artist-led introductory workshops are an ideal way to get to know the basics that is both fun and creative as well as historically accurate. If you have more experience, our intermediate, advanced and special-topic workshops will enrich and inspire you. People of all levels of experience, ages, religions, nationalities, genders, and identities are all welcome in the open and diverse community of Yiddish Summer Weimar!

*(KaraYam, a Yiddish/Turkish/Greek quintet led by Ilya Shneyveys, and The Amber Gate, a Yiddish/Greek septet offspring of the legendary 2003 collaboration between Brave Old World and the Smyrna Trio)

Yiddish Summer Weimar is also one of the best places in the world to learn the Yiddish language! This year we are very fortunate to have three internationally renowned teachers to lead the intensive language program from July 31 - August 13: Khayele Beer, Dov-Ber Kerler and Diana Matut. We also commemorate the 70th anniversary of the "Night of the Murdered Poets," when thirteen Soviet Yiddish poets were executed in Moscow on August 12, 1952, with a special workshop and concert program.

Visit us during the "Festival Week" from August 9-13 for nightly concerts featuring world-class bands and a daily program of hands-on, no-experience-necessary workshops on klezmer, Yiddish song, Yiddish dance, Yiddish cooking, Yiddish conversation, plus lectures, jam sessions and more. The full program will be posted soon on this website. And be sure to leave some free time for visits to the many historical sites in Weimar and the nearby town of Erfurt with its centuries-old Jewish history.