Dear Friends of Yiddish Summer Weimar (YSW) & the Other Music Academy (OMA)!
A viral outbreak that began barely three months ago in a marketplace has quickly swept over the planet. The Covid-19 pandemic shows again that we inhabit one world irrespective of political borders.
At present, we are continuing to plan for Yiddish Summer 2020 in the hope that it may be safe again to be together in public by mid-July. We are also following very carefully how the pandemic develops, and we will keep you updated about any changes that may be necessary. We will be working hard to respond creatively to this unpredictable situation.
For now, we wish all of you to stay safe and healthy! Practice social distancing but not emotional isolation. Let us take this crisis as a chance to envision and commit to new kinds of social cohesion.

Alan Bern, Artistic Director, Yiddish Summer Weimar & the Other Music Academy
together with the Yiddish Summer Weimar & Other Music Academy teams

Yiddish Summer Weimar celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020!

Where have we arrived after this 20-year journey and how did we get here? And where might we be going next?

Join us for an hour, a day, a weekend, a week or a month as we delve into the past, present and future of one of the oldest and richest international, transcultural living languages and cultures in the world today – Yiddish!

The schedule of our workshops and Festival Week follows below. Follow this website and join our newsletter for all of the latest, updated information about faculty, registration, concerts and more!

July 19-23

  Master Classes with The Other Europeans Lautari Band
(Kalman Balogh, Marin Bunea, Csaba Novak, Petar Ralchev, Adrian Receanu, Adam Stinga)

July 19-25

  Yiddish Language, Level 1 (Beginners with no knowledge of the Alef-Beys)

July 20-24

  Introduction to Klezmer (Yiddish Instrumental Music)

July 27 - August 2

  Yiddish Language, Level 2
(Beginners with knowledge of the Alef-Beys and good knowledge of one Germanic language)

July 26 - August 2

  Advanced & Intermediate Klezmer (Yiddish Instrumental Music)

August 4-9

  Yiddish Children's Songs

August 4-9

  Yiddish Language, Level 3 (intermediate)

August 4-9

  New Jewish Music (with Cesar Lerner & Marcelo Moguilevsky)

August 5-9

  Youth Klezmer Band

August 5-9

  Hasidic Music

August 5-9

(concerts, films, mini-workshops, lectures, late night cabaret and more)

August 12-16

  Middle Eastern Music Ensemble (with Yair Dalal)

August 12-19

  Advanced & Intermediate Yiddish Song

August 12-19

  Yiddish Language, Level 4 (advanced)

August 15-19

  Introduction to Yiddish Song

August 17-22

  Yiddish Dance Orchestra

August 18-22

  Yiddish Dance

August 20-22

  Yiddish Choir

For all the latest news, keep your eye on this website, or better still, register for our newsletter!

Looking forward to seeing you next summer in Weimar!

Warmest greetings from Alan, Andreas, Johannes, Sabrina, Sayumi, Sabine, Katrin F., Katrin P. and Antonia!