This week, Jewish people from all over the world with roots in Leipzig have been coming over to celebrate their culture and remember their past. They hail from places as varied as the United States, Israel, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, and Great Britain; but of course, Germans based in Leipzig and elsewhere in the country have also been joining events in the local Jüdische Woche.
It is amazing to see that age is not an issue, when it comes to celebrating Jewish culture. As a source explained, the oldest visitor is 92, and the youngest is 20.
Many events have been taking place all over Leipzig since Sunday, 23 June. There’s still a lot to see until this Sunday, when Jewish Week closes out. There are plenty of speeches, movies, exhibitions, city tours, musical concerts, dance parties, and readings to choose from.
Here are some tips for whoever is interested in participating in Jüdische Woche in Leipzig. Do not hesitate to approach and talk to some of the guests and listen to their amazing stories.
Thursday, 27 June
BERÜHRUNGEN – CONTINGENCIES
6 – 7 pm. Ariowitsch-Haus
A dance program that deals with tolerance, unfairness, differences, and approximation to others. Presented by kids and teenagers from the Leipzig music school Johann Sebastian Bach.
Entry: 10 euros, 5 euros reduced
AMOS YASKIL – BIOGRAPHY AND EXHIBITION OF THE ISRAELI PAINTER AMOS YASKIL
5:50 – 7 pm. Exhibition, Lecture and Conversation at Ariowitsch-Haus
He was born in Palestine from a Leipziger mother and a Polish father. The writer of his biography, Dr. Michael Schubert, will be at Ariowitsch-Haus to talk about the life of this prominent man.
DOTKNIĘCIE ANIOŁA – THE TOUCH OF AN ANGEL – Movie
8 – 9:30 pm. Polnisches Institut
Entry: Price not available
Friday, 28 June 28
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ENCOUNTERS AND OPENING OF THE 5TH FOOTBALL FIXTURE
3 –6 pm. Augustusplatz
STEP BY STEP – JEWISH MEMOIRS IN THE CITY OF LEIPZIG
4 – 5:30 pm. Meeting point: Thomaskirche
To take part, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
KOL ECHAD – SAUT – ONE VOICE. LIVE: MAGI UND SHIRAN
8 –11:30 pm. Concert. WERK 2 – Kulturfabrik Leipzig e. V
Entry: Price not available
Saturday, 29 June
JEWISH LIFE IN LEIPZIG FROM THE 19TH CENTURY UNTIL THE PRESENT
11–12:30 pm. City Tour. Meeting point: Kroch-Hochhaus
Entry: 8 euros
THIRD EDITION OF THE LEIPZIGER WOMEN FESTIVAL “WITHOUT US, THERE IS NO WE”
2 – 3:30 pm. Leipziger Marktplatz
YAEL DECKELBAUM & THE MOTHERS
8 – 11 pm. Concert. WERK 2 – Kulturfabrik Leipzig e. V
Entry: 23 euros
HIGHLIGHT: 2 PIANOS – SATURDAY 29 JUNE AND SUNDAY 30 JUNE
Two Jewish women from Leipzig, Anna Burstein and Halina Neumann, used to play piano and do concerts together but had to escape to the United States during the Second World War. They kept on playing together for a long time. This Saturday and Sunday, their families come to Leipzig to explain more about their family history. Together with them, Stanislava Varshavski and Diana Shapiro, another piano duo, pay tribute to Anna and Halina.
Saturday, 7:30 – 9 pm
Sunday, 11 am
Keep in mind that most of these events are held in both German and English. VIEW FULL PROGRAM