Yiddish Song

Registration for our Summer term course is now open!

We are very excited to announce that registration is now open for our Summer term.

The courses will take place online, using Zoom.

Sign up links:


Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (from 19th Apr) with Rachel and Annie:



All profits from these fees go towards running our free English classes for refugees and migrants – so the more you pay, the more people we can support and teach!

Our teacher Rachel has this to say:

Drinking songs! Songs of Struggle, Resistance & Defiance! Contemporary & Traditional songs to sing on the Streets and at Gatherings:

While the language part of this class will be aimed at those who already have already completed our 12 session beginners 1 course, total beginners are also welcome, although knowledge of the alef-beys is a plus. While a passion for singing and music helps, this is a very relaxed class and all who are interested are welcome.

About the course, Yiddish Language and Song:

Singing was an important part of eastern European Jewish Culture, which has left us with a rich repertoire of Yiddish folksongs. The twentieth and twenty first centuries have witnessed the revival and continued evolution of Yiddish song, which remains a fundamental part of Yiddish culture today. In this class we’ll learn a mixture of folksongs, protest and resistance songs from the Jewish workers’ movement, songs from Yiddish theatre and music halls, and some of the contemporary songs written and performed today.

In each class we’ll learn 1-2 new songs, with the class divided into two parts. In the first half, led by Annie, we will study the language of the songs, learning the vocabulary and grammatical rules. In the second half, led by Rachel, we’ll learn the music and how to sing the songs. We’ll also learn about the history of the songs and those who wrote and/or collected them.

Teacher/facilitator: Rachel is a singer, song-collector and workshop facilitator with many years of experience researching and performing various strands of jewish vocal repertoire, specifically eastern european yiddish folk song, as it relates to jewish diasporic identity.  As well as performing throughout the UK and in New York, Montreal and Toronto, she teaches choirs and workshops, and facilitates music therapy sessions for people with dementia.

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