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May
17
Fri
(post)JEWISH… Shtetl Opatów Through the Eyes of Mayer Kirshenblatt @ POLIN Museum, Warsaw
May 17 – Dec 16 all-day
(post)JEWISH… Shtetl Opatów Through the Eyes of Mayer Kirshenblatt @ POLIN Museum, Warsaw | Warszawa | Województwo mazowieckie | Poland

There were more than a thousand shtetls in today’s territories of Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus.  The Second World War and the Holocaust obliterated the world of shtetls completely. Today, in Opatów—as well as in tens of other Polish towns—there are no more Jews left.

The OPOLIN Museum’s  new temporary exhibition titled (post) JEWISH… demonstrates that Polish towns hide two parallel histories. The history of their Polish inhabitants is well known and remembered. The one of their Jewish neighbours who are no more is forgotten or left unsaid. 

Guide in the exhibition will be the late Mayer Kirshenblatt, a painter who emigrated to Canada with his mother and brothers as a teenager, in 1934. Mayer recalls the shtetl of his youth, restoring vivid memories of the people, events, daily life and customs. His paintings—full of color, imagination and humor—show us a world that is no more. Looking at them, we learn about our shared Polish-Jewish history.

The exhibition also features a documentation of artistic interventions carried out in today’s Opatów, aimed at discovering and restoring the vestiges of the pre-war Jewish life.

Click here to buy tickets

 

Aug
11
Sun
Medieval Jewish Erfurt – celebrating one year since inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage list @ Jewish quarter Erfurt
Aug 11 @ 11:00 – 22:00
Medieval Jewish Erfurt - celebrating one year since inclusion on UNESCO's World Heritage list @ Jewish quarter Erfurt | Erfurt | Thüringen | Germany

A day workshops, lectures, and dance across the Jewish Old City – and a festive open-air concert outside the Old Synagogue, featuring simkhat hanefesh, Caravan Orchestra & Choir, and more, to celebrate the first anniversary of Medieval Jewish Erfurt being included on UNESCO’s roster of World Heritage.

The events is part of the program of this year’s Yiddish Summer Weimar festival, which runs from July 12 to August 17.

Aug
25
Sun
Sibiu Synagogue Mare – 125th birthday celebration concert @ Synagogue Mare in Sibiu, Romania
Aug 25 @ 19:00
Sibiu Synagogue Mare - 125th birthday celebration concert @ Synagogue Mare in Sibiu, Romania | Sibiu | Județul Sibiu | Romania

An concert by the klezmer and jewish music greats  Jake Shulman-Ment, Jeremiah Lockwood and Francesca Ter-Berg to mark the 125th anniversary of the Synagogue Mare’s dedication.

Jake Shulman-Ment “is considered one of the best klezmer fiddlers on the planet,” according to US National Public Radio. A virtuoso klezmer musician, Shulman-Ment has traveled and taught worldwide. 20 years ago he studied in Romania and undertook several tours in the country.
 
Jeremiah Lockwood is a scholar, guitarist and composer whose work focuses on the cantorial music tradition – his grandmother was born in the Transylvanian town of Valea lui Mihai (Ermihalyfalva), in Bihor County. He is the founder of the band The Sway Machinery and the author of the recent book Golden Ages: Hasidic Singers and Cantorial Revival in the Digital Era. Jeremiah’s research considers the work of cantors as arbiters of social, intellectual and aesthetic change in times of crisis and cultural transformation. Jeremiah received his PhD from Stanford University, Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies, in 2021. He is currently a Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Francesca Ter-Berg is a cellist and composer known for her unique style that combines klezmer, improvisation and electronic synthesis. Her debut EP “In Eynem” (Phantom Limb Label won Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp and Best Quietus Release of 2021). Francesca writes music for film and TV, tours and records with Imogen Heap, Tom Skinner, Portico Quartet and Ziah Ziah. Her critically acclaimed duo Fran & Flora released their self-produced second studio album in April 2024 on Hidden Notes Records.

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