Die Wiedereröffnung der Synagoge

Program for the opening of the restored White Stork Synagogue,

May 5-9 2010,

prepared by the Bente Kahan Foundation in cooperation with The City of Wrocław
and the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland.

Official ceremony of the opening of the restored White Stork Synagogue.
Thursday, May 6, 2010, 18.00 – 20.00

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

14.00 – 18.00 International conference „Religion and Beyond: Jewish Religious Life in Breslau/Wrocław.”

20.00 „David and Batsheba” an oratory by the Norwegian composer Stale Kleiberg, performed by Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra “Leopoldina” and the Nidaros Cathedral Choir from Trondheim, conducted by Vivianne Sydnes, organized by the City of Wroclaw in cooperation with the city of Trondheim (Norway), supported by the grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the Financial Mechanism Of European Economic Area and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

09.00 – 14.00 International conference „Religion and Beyond: Jewish Religious Life in Breslau/Wrocław.”

16.00 – 17.00 Opening of the two exhibitions: “Wergeland’s Legacy – Jewish Life in Norway 1851 – 1945” and „History Reclaimed. Jewish Life in Wroclaw and Lower Silesia” within the scope of the project „Jewish religious life in Oslo and Breslau/Wrocław”. A presentation by the curators  Britta Ormaasena and Oskara Kvasnesa of the exhibit „Wergeland’s Legacy – Jewish Life in Norway 1851 – 1945”.

18.00 – 20.00 Official ceremony of the opening of the restored White Stork Synagogue.

Artistic program:
• Cantor Joseph Malovany (New York) with The White Stork Synagogue Choir under the direction of Stanisław Rybarczyk (Wrocław);
• Songs from the oratorium „David and Batsheba” by the Norwegian composer Stale Kleiberg, conducted by Vivianne Sydnes and performed the Nidaros Cathedral Choir (Trondheim) and “Leopoldina”, the Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra;
• A multimedia installation by the artists Bente Kahan (Norway) and Yoav Rossano (Israel).

Friday, May 7, 2010

15.00 Unveiling of a memorial plaque commemorating Willy Cohn, Rynek 49
15.30 Presentation of the book „No Rights – Anywhere. A Breslau Diary 1933-1941,” authored by Willy Cohn.
19.00 Open Shabat prayer service lead by Itzhak Rapoport, Head Rabbi of Wroclaw and Silesia, accompanied by kantor Joseph Malovany.

Saturday, May 8

09.30 Open Shabat prayer service lead by Itzhak Rapoport, Head Rabbi of Wroclaw and Silesia, accompanied by kantor Joseph Malovany.
22.30 Gala concert by the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, accompanied by kantor Joseph Malovany. Performance of  „Kadish” by Krzysztof Penderecki.

Sunday, May 9

19:00 – A concert with cantor Joseph Malovany, accompanied by the White Stork Synagogue Choir and Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Stanisław Rybarczyk.

With the exception of the conference, which took place at the Oratorium Marianum at Wroclaw University, all the events took place at the Center for Jewish Culture and Education at the White Stork Synagogue, which is administered by the Bente Kahan Foundation.