Children’s Song Workshop
July 22 – 27 @
Yiddish Children’s Songs for young and old
10:00 – 13:00 & 15:00 – 18:00

With Esther Gottesmann & Deborah Strauss
Artists-in-residence: Héloïse Kreyndl Neuberg & Zoé Shprintse Neuberg

For everyone aged 8 to 120


Deborah Strauss and Esther Gottesman are the dream-team we have been looking for to continue the tradition of Yiddish children's songs at YSW. Deborah is internationally known for her excellence as an educator and warm teaching style. Esther, a primary school teacher, hails from the Yiddish-speaking Schaechter-Gottesman family and grew up with the nursery rhymes of her grandmother Beyle.

Deborah and Esther will introduce you to songs and poems composed by Esther's grandmother Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman (z"l), and show you how to blend them with elements from the rich tradition of Yiddish children's music. A workshop full of energy and fantasy, for ages 8 to 120.

Workshop fee: 345 € Standard / 270 € Reduced / 470 € Sponsor / 145 € under 18.
For information about the Standard, Reduced and Supporter fees >> read about

Families (up to 2 children and 2 adults/parents or grandparents): 550 €. 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 (July 27 - August 3), 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.