With concerts in synagogues and Jewish community centers as well as schools and concert halls in five federal states, the International Days of Jewish Music from November 21 to 27 want to celebrate Jewish life and Jewish culture in Germany. Events are planned in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg, Berlin, Saxony and Bavaria, as the Usedom Music Festival announced. Since 2016, this festival has been organizing the International Days of Jewish Music, under the patronage of the President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster.
"The International Days of Jewish Music celebrate the coexistence of Jews and non-Jews in Europe, follow the traces of Jewish life in the past and present and make the wealth of Jewish music audible," explained the director of the Usedom Music Festival, Thomas Hummel. The Israeli Nigun Quartet fills the synagogue in Berlin's Pestalozzistrasse with the sounds of mystical traditions of Judaism in jazz arrangements. Roman Grinberg and his klezmer swing quartet will be performing in the Görlitz synagogue.
The International Days of Jewish Culture are also intended to set an example against increasing anti-Semitic crime in Germany, as Hummel emphasized. "In the same way, we have to become more every day who are committed to unhindered Jewish life in Germany, which the Shoah will never forget with six million dead."
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