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December 1999

Special occasion

“End the silence”: this is the motto of Ilse Ruth Snopkowski, founder of Munich’s Jewish Culture Days, who hopes to generate even more interest in the annual event, which will enlighten visitors — for the 13th time — from November 13 to 30. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Eastern Europe,” a film series documenting Jewish life in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic will be screened at the Filmmuseum, from November 13 to 16. Tickets and information can be obtained at 233 24 15-0. A number of superb klezmer bands will play at a variety of venues, including the Philadelphia-based “Klingon Klezmer Band,” at the Carl Orff Saal of the Gasteig, November 23, and Crakow, Poland natives “Ira Urbanska and Klezmer” at Gasteig’s Black Box, November 24. The “Theater Wierszalin, Bialystock” will perform their award-winning interpretation of Salomon An-Ski’s play Der Dybbuk, at the Muffathalle on November 29. The play, in the course of which a touching love story unfolds, underscores traditions and myths of Eastern European Jews. The over two-week event finishes with an interpretation of Sephardic songs at the Spanisches Kulturinstitut on November 30. The songs, which allude to the 15th-century expulsion of Jews from Spain, hint at Jewish Culture Days 2000’s theme. For a full listing of activities, call the Gesellschaft zur Förderung jüdischer Kultur und Tradition at 22 12 53. For tickets call München Ticket at 54 81 81 81. <<< sst

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