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final event

Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 11:00 am
in the rooms of the evangelical deanery in Überlingen on the waterfront

The "Jewish Lake Constance" project, funded by "1700 years of Jewish life in Germany", concludes with a lecture by the historian Oswald Burger on the subject: ``Jewish women in Überlingen am See`` and a musical accompaniment on the violin by Jutta Bogen with `` `Jewish Wedding Music``.

The opening speech will be held by Ms. Minia Joneck, as Chairwoman of the Jewish Community of Konstanz eV, with accompanying words of welcome by Mr. Hasan Ögütcü, Alevi Educational Institute "Șah İbrahim Veli" eV

The final event will take place in the rooms of the evangelical deanery in Überlingen, Grabenstrasse 2.

A guided tour through “Jewish Überlingen” with Mr. Oswald Burger is then planned. Participation is free.

Four Jewish Wedding Melodies

- from manuscripts of the KMDMP1 and from the repertoire of the Satmar Hasids -

1. Kale bazetsns2:  The "sitting down of the bride" was the violin's great moment in the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. The bride, seated on a chair, was to mourn the loss of childhood. Every violinist had a soulful melody in his repertoire, which he developed with more or less rich variations and ornaments. There are several notated versions in the manuscripts of the Vernadsky Library in Kiev, including the one that the klezmer violinist Moisei Komendant wrote down in Kremenets over a hundred years ago.


2. Eyshes Khayil: The praise of the "good wife" is sung on Shabbat after the candles are lit: "Whoever is given a good wife is far more precious than pearls of great price." (Proverbs chap. 31, verse 10). There are many melodies to these verses.In the award-winning Netflix adaptation of Deborah Feldman's bestseller, Unorthodox, a version of the Satmar Hasidic is sung and played for the ceremonial dance of honor of the bride and groom.


3. Fun der Khupe: The frequently chosen title describes a happy melody with which the bridal couple was accompanied after the wedding "from the Chuppah" - the wedding canopy - away to the festival. This melody also appears in the old manuscripts They were recorded on disc by the Belfs Romanian Orchestra more than a hundred years ago.


4. Hakofe's Nign: This melody for a dance of joy "in rounds" also comes from the Satmar repertoire: the Torah is danced around or - as in the  "Unorthodox" film adaptation - the bride. Such a nign is sung on tonal syllables and can escalate to extreme ecstasy.


text: dr Jutta Bogen, Constance 2022;


1 The Kiselgof-Makonovetsky Digital Manuscript Project (KMDMP) is an international digital humanities project that combines materials collected by Zinovy Kiselgof during the An-Ski expeditions and the Makonovetsky Wedding Manuscript preserved in the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine available to researchers, instrumentalists and singers around the world.


2 The Yiddish transcription conforms to the YIVO standard.

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