The University of Wisconsin-Madison campus became a nexus of Yiddish music and culture from July 10-14 thanks to the inaugural Madison Summer KlezKamp and the 12th annual Greenfield Summer Institute, “Yiddish in the Twenty-first Century,” both presented by the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies.
The Madison KlezKamp is a counterpart to the original KlezKamp, a weeklong festival of klezmer music and Yiddish culture founded by Henry Sapoznik and held each December in New York’s Catskill Mountains. KlezKamp offers classes in klezmer music, Yiddish song, dance, cultural and linguistic history, and art. Evening concerts and dancing are part of the celebration.
Founded in 2000 by the now-deceased Lawrence Greenfield, a member of the Center for Jewish Studies Board of Visitors, the Greenfield Summer Institute offers adult learners a blend of continuing education, entertainment and fellowship focusing on Yiddish language, arts and culture.