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 Choir Workshop 
Aug 20 – 22
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.

With Polina Shepherd

Directed by the charismatic Polina Shepherd (Russian/UK), the YSW Choir has become an annual favorite of Yiddish Summer Weimar. The Yiddish choir workshop offers a unique opportunity to experience a fascinating repertoire in an inspiring atmosphere while learning about the Yiddish language, musical style, history and cultural context. How can a Yiddish song arrangement be different from other Jewish choral music? How traditional or modern can a Yiddish choir be?

Enjoy singing in a warm-hearted atmosphere under the guidance of one of the world's most charismatic and inspiring choir directors.

Polina's teaching methods are based on and experiment with East European sound, ornamentation and modalities, with attention to stylistic detail, history and context.

All singers are welcome, although you will need to be able to follow the written music and be prepared to learn by ear.

Workshop fee: 120 € Standard / 90 € Reduced / 150 € Sponsor / 60€ 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.