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The Kadya Choir

Welcome to the homepage of the Kadya Choir, a cultural and educational youth project initiated by Yiddish Summer Weimar. The Kadya Choir is an international, intercultural encounter that brings together teenage girls from the schola cantorum in Weimar, the Voices of Peace choir in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and the Children's Song Workshop in Yiddish Summer Weimar to explore the Yiddish language and Yiddish culture while learning a song cycle composed by Dr. Alan Bern based on children's poems by the Polish Jewish poet Kadya Molodovsky.

Thank you for visiting us! Be sure to look for The Young Kadyas film at a theater near you, and we hope you enjoy the music and inspiring story of the Kadya Choir!

Portrait picture of Kadya Molodovsky
The Kadya Youth Choir
Portrait picture of Alan Bern

Alan Bern

Alan Bern (USA/D) is a composer, arranger, pianist, accordionist, educator, cultural activist and philosopher. Recipient of the prestigious Weimar Prize in 2016 and the Thuringia Order of Merit in 2017, he is the founding artistic director of Yiddish Summer Weimar and the Other Music Academy (OMA). A pioneer of klezmer and New Yiddish Music for more than forty years, his music projects include Brave Old World, The Other Europeans, Diaspora Redux, the Semer Ensemble, the Amber Gate, Bern, Brody & Rodach and the Klucevsek / Bern Duo, among many others. He is also the creator of Present-Time Composition® (PTC), a method for spontaneous collective music composition and choreography.

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Kadye Molodovsky
Lider far kinder

A collection of poems for children by Kadya Molodovsky

Concept, design & translations: Diana Matut

Illustrations: Nina Naußed

In Yiddish with German translations

(originally created as a book for the Yiddish Summer Weimar Children's Song Workshop)

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