Who simply loves living in Frankfurt? And why is that? My reasons are numerous, two of them can be found directly, but unfortunately very hidden in the city centre: in the former Jewish quarter and the Jüdische Museum at Untermainkai. In general, immersing myself in the rich Jewish heritage of our city is always a true joy for me: In my first years I was constantly on the road to experience this history or to discover those traces. It is also reassuring that despite the three-year closure of the Museum Judengasse, the current cultural offer leaves nothing to be desired. But there are also numerous other traces of Jewish life in the city:
- Jüdische Kulturwochen. The synagogue in Westend is usually not open to the public, but in October it is open to the public for guided tours and concerts and tells of Jewish life in Frankfurt. Efrat Alony, vocals, effect devices, one of the most important voices of the German Jazz Oliver Leicht, clarinet, electronics: Two musicians search together for the "Home away from home" - the special timbres and aesthetics of Israeli music. With their own compositions and new interpretations of Israeli folk songs they embark on an exciting musical journey.
- More Jewish music pleasing? Klezmer rock from Israel offer the "Jewish Monkeys" and we feel almost like in Tel Aviv. Where the eight musicians from Frankfurt's twin city perform, things get wild, cheeky and surprising. Amazing, because their story began as early as the 1970s in the boys' choir of the Frankfurt Synagogue. Here Roni Boiko and Jossi got to know each other and became lifelong friends. Three decades later - in the meantime both had emigrated to Israel - together with Gael Zaidner, the deliciously disrespectful vocal trio "Jewish Monkeys" was formed, accompanied by trombone, accordion, electric guitar, bass and drums. Armed with politically incorrect texts and a pronounced sense of nonsense, they spread Marx Brother-like turmoil.
- Former Palais of the Rothschild family is now a museum. The beginnings of the family in Judengasse in the middle of the city centre, between Konstablerwache and Staufenmauer, can unfortunately no longer be found. But the entrance to the alley gives an idea of the narrowness in which people had to live at that time.
- In the 16th century, the old Jewish cemetery was still located at the "Judenmarkt" and then changed its address about five times in the course of time: original graves from 1272 can be found on the current Battonnstrasse.
- Bunker Friedberger Anlage: Ostend - a Jewish quarter. Very interesting exhibition to take a look behind the scenes of the city.
Ach by the way: from 2018 the Rothschild Palais will present the time after 1800 and from spring 2016 the Museum Judengasse will present the time before that. Any wishes in the meantime? Yes! As a frahling lover, I miss a really Jewish café in Frankfurt like the one I recently discovered in Berlin: Beth's Café in Mitte, which runs the local community. I'd love to imitate it. And again, in 1965 Germany and Israel resumed diplomatic relations. In view of this, a translator from Israel recently presented his collection German loanwords in Hebrew - my funniest discovery? The @ sign. If your name is "Strudel" :-)
Whoever is interested in learning Hebrew will find it in the language program of the Volkshochschule.
Sabina Brauner is on twitter @WentoManderly and FB.