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 Yiddish Song
Aug 15 – 19
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.


With Lorin Sklamberg & Shura Lipovsky

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 University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar. Please send an email to for more details.

Many of us are familiar with famous Yiddish songs like “Bay mir bistu sheyn,” “Tumbalalaika” or “A yidishe mame.” But there are many different worlds of Yiddish song, and together they make a vast universe, most of which is largely unknown today. There are songs for shabes (Sabbath), songs for all the Jewish holidays, love songs, historical songs, political songs, game songs and children’s songs, love songs, popular and theater songs, religious songs, songs without words, very old songs and contemporary songs…  the list goes on and on! And each kind of song has its own place in Yiddish culture. We’ve asked two of the world’s greatest and most knowledgeable Yiddish singers and teachers to be your guides through this immensely rich repertoire: grammy-winner Lorin Sklamberg (USA) and the grand dame of Yiddish song in Europe, Shura Lipovsky (Holland).

Participants in this workshop will also have guest sessions led by the teaching team of the Intermediate & Advanced Yiddish Song Workshop. This workshop is open to everyone who loves to sing, no prior experience with Yiddish language or Yiddish song necessary.

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.