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From Liberal to Orthodox

Talk and Concert as Part of Our Cultural Summer (video recording available, in German)

The Jewish congregations in Germany are as diverse as their members. How is Judaism experienced, from liberal to orthodox? How does the shared religious space look today? And how is this space shaped?

recording available

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Museum Garden (in case of bad weather in the Glass Courtyard)
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

From Liberal to Orthodox.Talk with Hetty Berg, Ita Afanasev, Sveta Kundish, Andreas Nachama, Dekel Peretz und Akiva Weingarten, moderated by Shelly Kupferberg; video recording from 11 Aug 2021 in German; Jüdisches Museum Berlin

7 pm: Talk From Liberal to Orthodox

Talk with Hetty Berg (Director JMB), Ita Afanasev (Director JAcademy, Director for Outreach at Lauder Yeshurun and Rebbetzin of the Jewish Community Hannover), Sveta Kundish (chazanit/cantor for the Jewish Congregation of Braunschweig), Andreas Nachama (rabbi of the synagogue congregation of Sukkat-Shalom), Dekel Peretz (Chairman of the Jewish Central Synagogue Fraenkelufer) and Akiva Weingarten (rabbi of the Jewish Congregations of Basel and Dresden and founder of the Besht Yeshiva at Dresden)

Moderator: Shelly Kupferberg

Portrait of Shelly Kupferberg sitting in a garden, smiling, chin resting on hand

Shelly Kupferberg; photo: Mika Ceron

Collage of portrait photos of the six persons mentioned in the caption

Ita Afanasev; photo: Jan Feldmann, Sveta Kundish; photo: Manuel Miethe, Dekel Peretz; photo: Boaz Arad Photography, Andreas Nachama; photo: Tobias Barniske, Akiva Weingarten; photo: Stephan Pramme, Hetty Berg; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Yves Sucksdorff

7.45–8.15 pm INTERMISSION

8.15 pm Concert: Female Cantorial Singing

Cantors Sveta Kundish, Aviv Weinberg and Rachel Weston take the stage with Musical Director Patrick Farrell and a unique ensemble, to deliver an extraordinary concert experience of music styles and languages. From traditional khazones, Yiddish songs and Hassidic nigunim to modern synagogue music and Hebrew melodies, this concert will celebrate the voices of female cantors, and the perpetuation of the liturgical tradition. Germany premiere: this special concert was commissioned by the Jewish Cultural Festival of Krakow. This event will mark its Berlin premiere.


  • Sveta Kundish, Aviv Weinberg & Rachel Weston – Voice
  • Patrick Farrell – Accordion, piano, musical director and arranger
  • Paul Brody – Trumpet
  • Elena Kakaliagou – French horn
  • Anne Dau – Trombone
  • Georg Brinkmann – Clarinet, bass clarinet
  • Martin Lillich – Contrabass
  • Peter Kunsch – Drums
  • Noelia Cotuna – Harp
  • Sabrina Ma – Percussion
Collage of portrait photos of the three persons mentioned in the caption

Cantors Sveta Kundish, Aviv Weinberg and Rachel Weston; photos: Manuel Miethe, Natascha Zivadinovic, Roman Manfredi

Where, when, what?

  • When Wed 11 Aug 2021, 7 pm
  • Where Museum Garden (in case of bad weather in the Glass Courtyard)

    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

    See location on map
  • Entry fee

    Free of charge

  • RegistrationThe event is fully booked.

    Please present your ticket at the door. Doors open at 6:15 pm. As per the current Hygiene Regulations, contact information for all guests will be collected at the gate. We ask that you arrive no later than 30 minutes before the start of the event to avoid delays.
    Spots are limited. We reserve the right to cancel previously booked tickets should poor weather or changes to health ordinances make this necessary. If such a situation arises, we will inform you by email based on the order in which registrations were received.

    Corona rules All guests to live events are required to follow the current hygiene regulations of the Jewish Museum Berlin.
    In addition, guests will be required to present a negative Corona test no older than 24 hours, or proof of full immunization.
    For the protection of both you and other guests, all participants are required to wear a mask covering both mouth and nose at any time when you are not in your assigned seats.

    Note Please note: the event, including the audience, will be photographed and filmed. The photo and film material will be used in press and publicity work for the Jewish Museum Berlin, i.e. may be published in print media, the internet or on social media.

    Livestream The event will be streamed live. You can find the livestream on this page and on our YouTube channel.

    Language The event will be conducted in German.

    For journalists T +49 (0)30 259 93 419

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