Dear Friends of Yiddish Summer!

We want to share with you the program planned for Yiddish Summer Weimar 2020, although at this moment we simply don’t know what will be possible by mid-July. For that reason, the program, including all public events as well as workshops, is subject to change, postponement or even cancellation depending on how the Covid-19 pandemic develops. We are working hard on flexible and creative responses to a very difficult challenge, possibly including various online options. In view of this reality, we are not yet accepting registrations. But we hope you’ll note the dates in your calendar and check our website for regular updates to stay informed. We also recommend signing up for our newsletter.

Introduction to Klezmer Music 
July 20 – 24

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.

With Zilien Biret
, Sanne Möricke, Deborah Strauss


Academic credit for this workshop!

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student at a university or conservatory? If so, you can probably get 1-3 academic credits for taking this workshop, thanks to our new cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany. Please send an email to for more details.

Everyone knows that klezmer music has a very special “feel” – but what is that exactly?

This workshop answers that question! It’s the perfect introduction for any musician who has ever been been touched by klezmer music.

You’ll learn to play different melodies, rhythms and accompaniments. You’ll learn about the different klezmer genres and why they exist. And you’ll learn about the Yiddish world that gave birth to klezmer music and keeps it alive today! The three workshop leaders are equally beloved for their artistry and knowledge and for their gentle, open manner as teachers.

As with learning a language, learning by ear is an essential tool in music, too. This workshop is open to all instrumentalists, from intermediate through professional levels.

Workshop fee: 345 € Standard / 270 € Reduced / 470 € Sponsor / 145 € under 18.
For information about the Standard, Reduced and Supporter fees >> read about

The evening program that caps each workshop day has much to do with the unique atmosphere of Yiddish Summer Weimar. On some evenings we meet for jam sessions in Weimar's cafés or in the Other Music Academy (OMA), a great opportunity to put into practice what you've been learning during the day and connect with the other participants. On other evenings, we present concerts connected to the workshop topic performed by internationally recognized artists. During the Festival Week (August 5 – 9), directly following each evening's featured event in the mon ami cultural center, we meet again in the OMA for the Late Night Cabaret, an informal and fun atmosphere for short performances by anyone ready to jump on stage. In Yiddish Summer Weimar, learning, playing and connecting with each other go hand-in-hand.