YSW21 Update! (May 15, 2021)

All events and workshops in Weimar will take place outdoors this year (like last year) in the town's beautiful parks, squares and other public spaces. We'll also be presenting many events in other towns in Thuringia to celebrate 900 years of Jewish Life in Thuringia and 1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany, likewise all outdoors.

We'll announce the start of workshop registrations via our newsletterFacebook and Instagram as soon as we find out the updated public health guidelines for outdoor events.

Thanks for your patience, stay safe, stay in touch, and see you soon in Weimar!

Yiddish Summer Weimar is delighted to host the Klezmer Institute and its Kiselgof-Makonovetsky Digital Manuscript Project in 2021!

Be there when this extraordinary musical material is presented and played for the first time in over 100 years.

All of our workshops and public events this year will be closely connected to this rare archival material!

All workshops in 2021 will take place outdoors, as in 2020. Here are the dates and topics of the workshops with names of the teachers who have already confirmed. Further names will be added very soon. All information on this website is subject to Covid travel regulations prior to and during YSW 2021. Thank you for your understanding!

Basics week Wed July 21 - Sun July 25

Shteyt oyf! Rise up! Learn the Yiddish alphabet!  July 22-24

Judaism on One Foot: a whirlwind tour of Jewish culture and ritual  July 21, 3 pm - July 25, 1 pm
with Miriam Camerini

First week Mon July 26 - Sun Aug 1

Official start of YSW at the BUGA (Federal Garden Show) in Erfurt  July 25, 3 - 8 PM

Yiddish Language Classes July 26 - Aug 7
2-week intensive course, three levels in parallel. If you can only participate for one week, please choose the first week. Starting in the second week is not possible.
with Khayele Beer, N.N, N.N.

Introduction to Yiddish Song  July 26-30
with Polina Shepherd & Lorin Sklamberg, in collaboration with the Intermediate/Advanced song workshop teachers.

Yiddish Song, Intermediate – Advanced  July 26 - Aug 1                  
with Sasha Lurje, Craig Judelman, Sveta Kundish & Patrick Farrell, in collaboration with the Introduction to Yiddish Song workshop teachers.

Festival week Tue Aug 3 - Sat Aug 7
with nightly concerts and daily lectures and intro workshops in language and music Workshop:

Introduction to Klezmer  Aug 3-7
with Jutta Bogen, Susi Evans & Szilvia Csaranko

Youth Klezmer Band  Aug 3-7
with Emil Goldschmidt

Third week Tue Aug 10 - Mon Aug 16

Yiddish Instrumental Music (Klezmer) Intermediate & Advanced  Aug 10-16            
with Alan Bern, Christina Crowder, Christian Dawid, Emil Goldschmidt, Mark Kovnatskiy, Abigale Reisman, Samuel Seifert and others
Children's Song Workshop  Aug 10-14
with Yeva Lapsker & Daniel Kahn

Fourth week Tue Aug 17 - Sat Aug 21
Hasidic Music  Aug 17-21
with Alan Bern & Craig Judelman

Yiddish Dance Orchestra  Aug 17-21
with Ilya Shneyveys, Susi Evans, Szilvia Csaranko & Abigale Reisman

Yiddish Choir  Aug 18–21
with Polina Shepherd

OMAworks launched on March 10!

On March 10, we presented a webinar launch of OMAworks, our brand new in-house artist agency for music and performance projects created by Yiddish Summer Weimar and the Other Music Academy! Artists, presenters and fans of creative Yiddish culture from all around the world got a first look at a bumper crop of projects created during Yiddish Summer Weimar by remarkable artists, most of whom also regularly teach workshops during Yiddish Summer Weimar.

If you weren't able to join us, or if you'd like to experience the joy again, you can watch the recording of the Facebook livestream here:

And we invite you to explore the www.OMAworks.eu website and get to know our unique roster of artist's projects, community arts projects, and project design consultants.


Stay up to date about tours and projects by signing up for our OMAworks newsletter: go to newsletter

Thanks for your attention, and warmest greetings to from the OMA/YSW team!