Monday, September 6, 2010

Inside the Synagogue

Synagogue of LivornoThis Sunday the Synagogue of Livorno was open to the public for the European Day of Jewish Culture.Synagogue of LivornoThe band of our “Accademia Navale” played the national anthem and the European anthem, based on Friedrich Schiller's Ode to Joy from the final movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.Synagogue of LivornoA concert was held by the Chorus of the Great Synagogue of Rome in honor of Rome's chief rabbi emeritus, the Livornese Elio Toaff. In background the exquisite baroque Aron Kodesh (Torah ark), a 1708 masterpiece from the Synagogue of Pesaro.Synagogue of LivornoThe chorus was lead by the maestro Claudio Di Segni, a tenor and a teacher at the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia”.Synagogue of LivornoAt the end of the concert the chorus and the soloist sang a version of the “Hatikvah”.

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21 comments:

tapirgal said...

Looks like a happy event. It's a nice day to celebrate. I just watched a video about the 2nd World War last night. It's so much more uplifting to see this post.

Jacob said...

That is a gorgeous synagogue! And what an exciting celebration! I wish I could have been there! I'll bet it was mesmerizing! Would have loved to have heard the band and the Chorus of the Great Synagogue of Rome!

I saw some pictures the other day of the Berlin synagogue, recently restored ... the one that was set afire on Kristallnacht. That was gorgeous, too!

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photographs!

ρομπερτ said...

How promising a sight. Made me look for Jewish traces here in town. Please have a wonderful new week.

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Luis Gomez said...

These are wonderful!

Farmchick said...

These pictures are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. We don't have any synagogues close by.

Randy said...

Amazing photos. I am surprised they allowed any photos.

Per Stromsjo said...

I was wondering if you'd manage to find something naval in there as well... :)

Thanks for sharing.

Small City Scenes said...

What a beautiful Temple. The inside is gorgeous. The 4th photo shows it all. MB

Rob and Mandy said...

Beautiful place!

cieldequimper said...

Wow. This is a fantastic synagogue, I'm surprised photos were allowed but I'm really glad they were. Just superb.

Dina said...

Great! I was wondering what you in Livorno would have for the European Day of Jewish Culture. You covered the event and share it so beautifully that I so wish I could have been there too.
The Italian Jewish heritage is so rich.

We have come a long way, thank God.

P.S. I think photography in synagogues is allowed as long as it is not on the Sabbath.

Dina said...

And thanks for the link to Hatikva.
I never knew about all the other verses to Imber's poem. They sound so strange now.

joo said...

It's really huge and beautiiful and it's always great to hear Chorus of Synagogue, or Kantors singing!
Lovely post.

Cezar and Léia said...

The synagogue is beautiful, I have never visit inside, thanks for these pictures.A great event!
Hugs
Léia

Birdman said...

Beautiful images of the sevice.

Leif Hagen said...

Grazie mille for taking us inside to witness such a special event and to see the interior of a fantastic synagogue!

Kaori said...

Oh wow! These photos are fantastic! I've never been inside a synagog before, what a wonderful opportunity to learn about the jewish culture :D

Francisca said...

What an impressive synagogue! I've been to a few, but this one is much more ornate. Looks like a cheerful celebration.

JM said...

Great coverage of the event! Were photos allowed inside the synagogue because it was a special day? I got caught once in Prague where it was forbidden to do so... :-)

VP said...

It was definitely possible to take pictures. I asked more than once and I was quite conspicuous with my camera.
The only perfectly reasonable restriction was that I couldn't trespass into the women's sector.

Gunn said...

Unique photos from a very special day.
Thanks for sharing it with us!