The Ruth Rubin Legacy
Archive of Yiddish Folksongs

"Far dem nayem dor!" Yiddish Children's Songs



"Far dem nayem dor!" Yiddish Children's Songs


For centuries the Yiddish speaking world has had an immense repertoire of children’s songs. The majority of melodies and texts disappeared together with the people who sung them and the children for whom they were composed. Such collections as remain in writing or recording are a treasure trove for lovers of the Yiddish word. The “Yiddish Summer Weimar” festival in 2012 and 2013 created the opportunity to unearth many beautiful children’s songs and bring them back to life. They were transcribed to make them accessible, and sung by those that they were intended for: the children themselves, their parents, grandparents, teachers and friends. Our aim is to return these children’s songs back where they belong, in the families where they can be part of everyday life and not the artistic expression of a single performer during a concert.



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“"Far dem nayem dor!" Yiddish Children's Songs,” YIVO Online Exhibitions, accessed December 10, 2023,
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