*The workshop schedule is subject to change


Seattle Yiddish Fest workshops are an immersive experience. All classes are meant to work as one program that gives the participants a clear picture of Yiddish musical culture. That is why it's highly recommended to attend the whole event. However, it's also possible to drop in for a day or even part of a day and gain valuable insights and experience. 

Our goal with these workshops is to both give a clear overview of Eastern European Jewish musical practices as well as work on the nuance of ornamentation and style, broadening of vocal and instrumental repertoire and gesture and repertoire of Yiddish dance. 

As the number of participants is limited, the faculty will be able to have a personal relationship with the participants adjusting the program to the needs of the group. So, if in the process we discover that there is a need for an extra class on a particular topic, we will adjust the schedule to accommodate it. 

Workshop schedule overview

Friday, Feb 14, 2020
Saturday, Feb 15, 2020
Sunday, Feb 16, 2020

@Phinney center


5 pm - 6 pm Registration and welcome jam

6 pm - 7:30 pm Opening workshop



In the daytime, the faculty is available for individual coaching on demand.

@Phinney Center​

10:30 am - 1 pm Workshops in song and dance and Instrumental music

1 - 2:30 pm Lunch break

2:30 - 5 pm Workshops in song and dance and Instrumental music

5 pm - 7:30 Dinner break​

@Temple Beth Am

10 am - 1:30 pm Workshops in song and dance and Instrumental music

1:30 - 3 pm Lunch break

3 - 5:15 pm Workshops in song and dance and Instrumental music

5:15 pm - 7 Dinner break​

NEW: Afternoon lecture Series in Yiddish culture and Arts

Evening events

Friday, Feb 1, 8 pm 

Love Shabbes

@Phinney Center


A Shabbes gathering celebrating Yiddish culture. For the opening night of Seatle Yiddish Fes,t we celebrate Valentines Day exploring our love of Yiddish culture and how various loves are depicted in Yiddish folklore and poetry. It's an inclusive community potluck dinner, which will include some of the traditional blessings and singing to welcome the Sabbath. We will make every effort to make his event comfortable for people of all beliefs, while also honoring the traditions of this important aspect of Jewish life. 

Saturday, Feb 15, 7:30 pm

Beyond the Pale: Klezmer Fusion

@ Stroum Jewish Community Center

SYF is happy to present this concert in collaboration with SJCC. Toronto’s Beyond the Pale has generated boundary-busting Eurofolk fusion inspired by Klezmer and Balkan styles and influenced by jazz, classical music, bluegrass, newgrass, and reggae. The acoustic ensemble deliberates 20 years of adventurous compositions that traverse vast and exotic musical landscapes. Happy hour begins at 7 pm with show beginning at 7:30 pm.

Sunday, Feb 16, 7 pm

Final concert and Yiddish Dance Party

@Temple Beth Am

The final celebration of Seattle Yiddish Fest with the performance of the faculty band with Lorin Sklamberg, Sasha Lurje, Craig Judelman, Ilya Shneyveys and Sarah Myerson, playing a concert of Yiddish song and instrumental music followed by a Yiddish dance with instruction and dance leading.