Yiddish Language Classes
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.
We’ve greatly expanded our Yiddish language course offerings in 2018, and in several ways! For the first time, we offer four levels of instruction - Beginners 1, Beginners 2, Intermediate and Advanced - over four consecutive weeks. Each course meets for 6 hours a day; 4 hours in the morning and early afternoon with the primary teacher, and for 2 additional hours with a second teacher for films, tutoring, help with homework, language games in Yiddish, and more! The courses are taught by some of the best teachers and specialists in the world, in the middle of the uniquely rich cultural program of Yiddish Summer Weimar with its jam sessions, concerts, dances and more that attract participants and audiences of all ages from all over the world.
The four courses build on each other, so you can start at the beginning and go all the way through. Of course you can also take just one or two courses at the level that's right for you. Every Yiddish language course student gets free tickets to all of the Yiddish Summer Weimar events! And if you take all four Yiddish courses in a row, you pay for only three!
So, whether you are interested in Yiddish language and literature for its own sake, or you’re ready to broaden your understanding of Yiddish music through learning Yiddish (highly recommended!), there’s no better time or place to jump right in than Yiddish Summer Weimar in 2018.
Our Yiddish classes are being offered in cooperation with the Seminar for Jewish Studies, University of Halle-Wittenberg. College students can receive credit for their participation. For more information about this, please send an email to:
For further questions please refer to course coordinator Andreas Schmitges:
Workshop fees for one week: 460 € Standard / 355 € Reduced / 635 € Sponsor / 180 € under 18
Workshop fees for two weeks: 845 € Standard / 635 € Reduced / 1195 € Sponsor / 285 € under 18
Workshop fees for three weeks: 1230 € Standard /915 € Reduced / 1755 € Sponsor / 390 € under 18
Workshop fees for four weeks: same as three weeks; no additional costs after the twenty-first workshop day.
Beginners 1 July 22 - 28
With Janina Wurbs & Khane-Gele Neuberg
One of the foremost Yiddishists of her generation, Janina is an experienced teacher with loads of experience in folklore and music. She has been a part of the Yiddish Summer community for many years and we’re delighted to welcome her back in 2018. Janina will teach this course together with Khane-Gele Neuberg. Khane-Gele is a certified translator and the mother of three Yiddish speaking daughters. With her family, she has been part of YSW for many years now. read more
Beginners 2 July 29 - Aug 4
With Mendy Cahan & Janina Wurbs
We are glad to welcome Mendy Cahan back to our team of Yiddish teachers! Mendy is well known all over the world for his commitment to Yiddish culture and language. He runs Yung Yidish, a community center and library with 40.000 books in Tel Aviv-Yaffo. He is a native speaker, a singer and actor and a passionate teacher with decades of experience. read more
Intermediate Aug 5 – Aug 11
With Yuri Vedenyapin, Diana Matut & Mendy Cahan
Yuri Vedenyapin is an actor, singer, ethnographer and Yiddish lecturer who, for years, has taught the language at Harvard University. He is a natural teacher, beloved by his students for his humour and brilliance, and he regularly tours the world to teach Yiddish language and culture. Yuri will teach the morning sessions. The two-hour afternoon sessions will be led by the singer, scholar and Yiddishist Diana Matut on the first three days. Mendy Cahan, who taught the Beginners 2 course, takes over the afternoon session starting on the fourth day. read more
Advanced Aug 12 – Aug 18
With Avraham Lichtenbaum & Yuri Vedenyapin
We’re extremely honored to welcome Avraham Lichtenbaum for the first time in Weimar. Avraham, like many world-renowned Yiddish teachers, comes from Buenos Aires and was in his youth a student of Pesakh Fiszman (z”l), the original founder of the Yiddish language program in Weimar. Like Pesakh, Avraham is an incredibly talented and empathetic pedagogue, and we are looking forward to delightful times with him! read more