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.

Middle Eastern Music Ensemble 
Aug 12 – 16

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

With Yair Dalal

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.

We are delighted to welcome back the master violinist, oud player and singer Yair Dalal to Yiddish Summer Weimar again in 2020 to direct the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, one of the most popular of all Yiddish Summer Weimar workshops. Everyone is welcome,both  new and returning students.

The ensemble will focus on music and songs of the Middle East, folk tunes, the maqam system and taksim improvisation. The workshop is open to all instrumentalists and will conclude with a joint concert featuring all participants.

We are offering scholarships to refugees and students from the Middle East. If you would like to apply, please send a short biography and information about your musical studies to

Workshop fee: 200 € Standard / 150 € Reduced / 250 € Sponsor / 100 € under 18.
We regret that we can't neither offer the early bird discount nor the discount for Other Music Academy e.V. members for this workshop.

For information about the Standard, Reduced and Supporter fees >> read about

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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.