Yiddish Summer Weimar 2020
July 30–August 23


We’re happy to present this year’s workshops, taught by world-class artists who are equally great teachers. You will notice that the workshops are designed for people with different levels of prior experience. If you have any questions about whether a workshop is right for you, don’t hesitate to write or call our office to get some advice.


Due to this year’s very special conditions, the registration procedure is also very special. Please read this carefully to avoid any unpleasant surprises!
Registration will OPEN on Thursday, July 9, from noon to 10 pm, Berlin time. It will then CLOSE so that we can take stock of how it’s going and try to keep space available for people who for some reason can’t register on the first day.
Registration will OPEN AGAIN on Sunday, July 12 at noon, and it will REMAIN OPEN until all of the workshops are full.

We have much less space available in the workshops this year than in previous years, so we expect the workshops to fill up quickly. We want as many people as possible to have a chance to be in at least one workshop. So, with the exception of the Yiddish courses, we ask you to register first for ONLY ONE workshop, and put your name on a WAITING LIST (by sending an email to ) for any additional workshops you would like to take. We will contact you if there’s space available. Thank you for your understanding, and thank you for leaving room for other people to take part in this year’s workshops!

We are all looking forward very much to making Yiddish Summer Weimar work even in times of Corona! Our motto this year is: we can be together AND care for each other’s safety and health!

See you soon in Weimar!

YSW 2020: LIVE!

As you all know, Covid-19 is still a dangerous and unpredictable fact of life. In response, we have thoroughly revised the program of YSW this year. We will do everything we can to make it as mind- and heart-opening as always and also safe!

The vocal and instrumental workshops and language classes will last 3 hours each day, either morning or afternoon, and cost only half the usual price. If you are a musician or other freelancer who has been badly hurt financially by the Covid-19 shutdown, we offer you a special option for the workshop fee, no questions asked. Further information here.

There’s something new and exciting this year: Yiddish for Musicians! When we say “musicians” we mean of course instrumentalists AND vocalists! The Yiddish language is not only the door to understanding Yiddish music in its original cultural context, it is also an essential key to performing Yiddish music sensitively and creatively. There will be Yiddish for Musicians in both the morning and afternoon sessions, so if your music workshop is in the afternoon, for example, you can take Yiddish for Musicians in the morning, and vice versa.

We are very excited about this addition to the YSW program. If you’re a musician and you don’t already speak and read Yiddish, we really want to encourage you to get started this summer! You will be surprised by how quickly you learn and how much it will mean to you. Participation in these classes is free, but registration is required.
We think we’ve put together a fantastic team of teachers and artists for this year’s YSW and we hope you agree! The schedule for the workshops is here and online registration will start at the end of June/beginning of July. Many of this year’s concerts are being scheduled as we speak and a full list of events will be published as soon as possible.

Volunteer? YSW needs you!

This year more than ever we urgently need volunteers to help run the festival! If you’re interested and you have at least one free week, please write to Johannes:

Finally, in the spirit of making sure that attending YSW is safe, we will be paying close attention to any changes in the Covid-19 situation and adjusting our approach as necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write or call (for contact, see here) and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Warm regards from the entire YSW team – and stay safe!