Members of the Glasgow Jewish community joined regulars and local musicians at the Sikorski Polish Centre for the next stage of our Klezmatize ceilidh tour, to share their Polish connections, and experiences of Being Jewish in Scotland. One participant told us that she was born in Poland and spent the war years in Russia before coming to Scotland after the war, and another that she spent a year in Poland as a child before managing to get to Scotland before the war, at the age of six.
“I hope that having this event here will bring the Polish community again closer to the Jewish community, the way it used to be before 1930, when the communities existed in great harmony.” said Paul Edlin, who described the rich culture of the Jewish community in Poland that had existed before the Holocaust.
One Polish musician told us about the growing popularity of klezmer music in Poland, and the importance on the Polish musical ‘scene’ of the annual Krakow festival of Jewish culture, before the Edinburgh Polish choir started off the musical part of the evening with some fantastic Polish, Ukranian, and Russian songs in close harmony.
And then the Klezmatize duo started to play, and, led by SCoJeC Outreach Worker Fiona Frank, the more active members of the audience threw themselves into the dancing, while others sat and enjoyed the music “It was a superb evening” one participant told us, “and the band were brilliant!”