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11 ‘You want to take us to Jerusalem …’

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On 22 June 2008, a rally and a conference were organized in the German city of Weimar celebrating the establishment of a new movement: Medinat Weimar. According to an information sheet, the purpose of the rally was to introduce the movement to the general public, while the conference was meant 'to broaden the collective element to the movement'. Prior to the public meeting, a website was launched by the artist Ronen Eidelman on which thirteen principles were posted, the first being: 'Medinat Weimar wishes to establish a Jewish state in Thuringia, Germany, with the city of Weimar as its capital'. Language and music appertain to the foremost of five areas of Jewish experience: Jewish culture and tradition. The others are: Israel, Shoah, personal history and local culture and background. The interest in klezmer music and especially Yiddish songs provided a bonding mechanism for Jewish identity throughout the twentieth century.

Keywords: Jewish state; klezmer music; Medinat Weimar; Ronen Eidelman; Yiddish songs



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