The Festivals



After the recital of the Book of Esther in Hebrew by Cantor Rudolph, with short summaries in German, always interrupted at the mention of the name of Haman, the festival was celebrated with wine, vodka, Krapfen (doughnuts) and Hamantaschen. They were baked partly by the janitor of the house and cemetery and his wife - properly instructed by Chriss Fiebig - partly by women in the community. After more singing, the event came to a conclusion at about 22.30.


Pesach (Passover)

The service on the Eve of the festival and the Seder (the recitation of the story of the Exodus from Egypt) was attended by almost 100 people. As in 2003, there were guests from Britain, Israel and the USA. The Seder was directed, as usual, by Cantor Rudolph. The Haggada was read with divided roles.


Shavuoth (Feast of Weeks)

The Eve of the Festival service in a full house was followed by a big Kiddush (the blessing of bread and wine, followed by savories and cakes). There were morning services on the first and second day of the festival. In accordance with tradition, the altar was decorated with flowers.


Tisha B’Av (9th day of the month of Av)

(In remembrance of the sacking of the second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE).

The reading of the Kinot (Lamentations) was carried out in the traditional manner, i.e. with the Parochet and the cloth coverings of the Bima and Amud removed, and the room only sparely lit.


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