Who is the program for?
Anyone between 18 to 30 is welcome! Jewish and non-Jewish, BIPoC, Rom*nja and Sinti*zze, poor, migrant, queer, trans and nonbinary and disabled people are all encouraged to participate. This project is fascinating and important for everyone. And especially if you’re interested in arts and culture, tired of listening to lectures and fed up with German debates about commemoration - this project might be just the thing for you. Unfortunately, there are only 30 spots available in total – so act fast!
How much does it cost?
We try to enable participation for everyone. The program is therefore pay-what-you-can. We will ask you in our registration form, how much you’ll be able to contribute, or if you wish to apply for a scholarship. We can also contribute to your travel costs if necessary. The average would be 50 euros. You will be staying in single rooms near the center of Weimar. Accommodation and full board are included in the fee and scholarship. However, we encourage participation of siblings or friends who could share a room in order to lower the fee.
For those between 18 and 30, the 2021 program runs from August 6 to August 16.
The program for youth aged 13 to 18 will take place next year, more information coming soon on these pages!
And all this amidst a pandemic. But this was the idea: now especially, when a lot of other events can’t happen, we wanted to create something new - here and now. Of course, in a responsible way – we’ll keep you up to date regarding the health guidelines. Last summer, we ran an entire festival under Covid-safe conditions and are already working on ideas for Generation J. We’re not currently planning an online program.
For the past 20 years, Weimar - a historical town at the heart of Eastern Germany - has been home to Yiddish Summer, one of the largest intercultural Yiddish festivals in Europe (something that many people, at least in Germany, don’t know). Which is why we want to introduce Yiddish Summer to you. Its world-class concerts and special atmosphere are integral to our program. As Generation J participants, you’ll get free entrance to Yiddish Summer Weimar events. Learn more about the festival at https://yiddishsummer.eu/
Many people demand special accommodations that we might not have yet considered. Please inform us in the registration form about any special needs or requests you may have - whether wheelchair accessibility, time for prayer, hearing assistance, kosher food, unisex bathrooms... If you’re unsure, feel free to contact us directly.
You can participate at Generation J even if you don’t know all (or any) of the languages we’ll be using. Yiddish, English, German, Hebrew and Russian will definitely be around. We believe in the power of the arts to communicate across language barriers. This is how we learn to listen and converge. If you’re unsure, feel free to contact us directly in German, English, Yiddish, or Hebrew.
Arts and music are crucial to the project. And we believe that everyone is an artist - even without knowing anything specific. Feel free to register even if you don’t play an instrument, write poems or draw.
If you’re under 18, we are required by law to act under your guardians’ consent. Your guardian may be a care worker, parent or foster parent. If your guardians have questions about the program, we invite them to contact us.
The festival is open for all — religious or secular, conservative or atheist, reform or orthodox. And even more so: we want to enable everyone's participation. On shabes, for instance, there won't be a scheduled program, only optional leisure activities. Some rituals we will create together, and provide you with space and time for others. If you have questions about this, be it kashrut, prayer times, non-Jewish holidays — feel free to contact us!
Feel free to reach out to us via email or check out our Instagram account (@yiddishsummerweimar).
What about the program for those aged 13 to 18?
Actually, we had planned two programs: one for ages 13 to 18 and one for young adults (18 to 30). Unfortunately, we have to cancel the younger program for this year. We know that the ongoing pandemic makes it difficult and brings many uncertainties. We also know that it is not because of the concept for the young Yiddish summer camp - we have received super positive feedback. That encourages us! We are trying to postpone the camp to next year and are very confident that it works out. If you want to stay informed, write us an email to: email@example.com. And get the latest news directly from us!