Kolot HaLev and Hazzan Ramón Tasat and an array of talented musicians celebrate the music of the French Jews. You will hear melodies originating in Bordeaux and elsewhere, and evocative of the sounds of the Opera and oratorio as they celebrate the immensity of God through the texts of the Psalms. Emile Jonas, Jacques Halévy, Adolphe Attia, Samuel Naumbourg, Georges Bizet and Alphonse Perpignan among others, were remarkable musicians that captured the meaning of Hebrew texts in ways that written words alone cannot. These French composers’ approach to God brings closer to our consciousness mystery, fear, awe, and unspeakable beauty; longing; pain, and passion.
France has been at the crossroads of many Jewish migrations for over 20 centuries. Some of these migrations have been through trade, and some have been through persecution, but they have each contributed to a rich fabric which reflects multiple historical layers. Evelyne will provide an intimate look at life from the inside as a French Jew. With family roots that date back to the 10th century in France, she will share her own personal story, set against a backdrop of a multiplicity of immigrations and emigrations that have occurred over time across continents.
DATE/TIME: Sunday, April 28, 2019 • 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Bordeaux, as most Americans know, is one of the most important wine regions of France. Less known is the fact that for several centuries, Bordeaux and its region hosted a vibrant Jewish community that made numerous contributions to the history of France. Join us to retrace the history of this unique Jewish community across four centuries. Geraldine Gudefin is a modern Jewish historian from France. She holds a BA from Sorbonne-Paris IV, an MA in History from Yale and a Ph.D. in History from Brandeis University. Her research interests include French and American Jewish history, Jewish migration history, gender history, law and religion, and legal pluralism in comparative perspective.