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.

Yiddish Children’s Song Workshop
August 4 – 9 @
Yiddish Children’s Songs for young and old
10:00 – 13:00 & 15:00 – 18:00


With Esther Gottesmann & Deborah Strauss
Artists in Residence: Alix Trayne, Héloïse Kreyndl & Zoé Shprintse Neuberg
For everyone aged 8 to 120

We are delighted to welcome back the dream-team of Deborah Strauss (USA) and Esther Gottesman (USA) to lead this year’s Yiddish children’s song workshop! Deborah is internationally known and much beloved for her excellence as an educator and warm teaching style. Esther, a primary school teacher, grew up in the Yiddish-speaking Schaechter-Gottesman family and was raised on the songs of her grandmother Beyle.

In this workshop, you will learn Yiddish songs, rhymes and games from folklore as well as new compositions. The workshop will be a combination of theater, music and art, with opportunities to play instrumental music as well. For the young and young-at-heart from ages 8 to 120!

Workshop fee: 405 € Standard / 315 € Reduced / 555 € Sponsor / 165 € under 18.
For information about the Standard, Reduced and Supporter fees >> read about

Families (up to 2 children and 2 adults/parents or grandparents): 600 €. This special family bonus is not bookable through our automatic booking system. If you want to participate as a family in the workshop, please send an email to .

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.