Welcome to Yiddish Summer Weimar!

In 2024, our 3-year exploration of Yiddish culture vis-a-vis Ottoman cultures culminates in a focus on Moldavia (not to be confused with the current Republic of Moldova), an historic region whose boundaries changed many times over the centuries, and an important center of Ashkenazi Jewish culture from the early 18th through the  mid-20th century.

We’re offering 12 immersive workshops in Yiddish language, instrumental and vocal music, dance and more, arranged by level from introductory through advanced. Our workshops are taught by artists and scholars who are leaders in their fields and passionate about teaching. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome and we’re proud to be a diverse, respectful and supportive community.

Our Festival Week will return next summer from August 7-11, 2024 with an evening program of international-caliber concerts and a daytime program that includes our popular hands-on, mini-workshops, lectures and discussions, and offerings for young people and families.

Scroll down for the 2024 workshop schedule to help you with your planning. Details about workshops, the Festival Week and online registration will follow soon. We hope you can join us for Yiddish Summer Weimar 2024!

YSW24 Workshops Schedule

Introduction to Klezmer: July 12 – 17, 2024

Introduction to Yiddish Song: July 12 – 17, 2024

Intermediate Instrumental: July 18 – 25, 2024

Intermediate/Advanced Song: July 18 – 25

Yiddish Language Program: July 23 –  August 4

Advanced Instrumental: July 28 – August 4

Hasidic Music (1/2 day): August 7 – 11

Youth Klezmer Band (afternoon): August 7 – 11

Dance Orchestra: August 12 – 17

Dance:  August 13 – 17

Yiddish Choir: August 14 – 17

Photo: Shendl Copitman

Festival Week is back!

Join us for the Festival Week from August 7 - 11, 2024
An inspiring mix of concerts, hands-on workshops, jam sessions, talks and more, and a chance to meet with old friends and make new ones.

Photo: Shendl Copitman

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