It was my first time to visit a synagogue, I mean an active/operating one. My first ever visit was in Córdoba… That was one was for Ladinos though. This time I visited an Ashkenazi Synagogue just near my highschool. I have been a bit blind during all these years; I thought there was only one synagogue near my school which was attacked back in 2003: Neve Şalom. I was wrong.
The opportunity has arisen with the email the Austrian Consulate’s Culture Office. A Klezmer Orhester member Roman Grinberg was coming to Istanbul to Ashkenazi Synagogue: Austro-Jewish Swing – popular Yiddish Songs and Klezmer Tunes. I love ladino language but I always had my doubts with Yiddish. The only album I had was from Nina Stiller[symple_social icon=”lastfm” url=”http://www.last.fm/music/Nina+Stiller” title=”Nina” target=”self” rel=””]. I kinda like “Friling” but that’s all. Yiddish sounds to me like something stuck in between Dutch and German.
I met Mısra and we waited for our turn to enter, I have to confess I was a bit excited; I always feel so when I enter religious sanctuaries. I saw some men taking kippa; then we sat down. Then WOW! I saw Janet & Jak Esim couple, it was such a surprise for me :) Mr. Grinberg was very talkative indeed, keep telling jokes about Jews, telling the stories behind his songs etc, he is actually a Moldovian who moved to Vienna.
To sum up, the synagogue was really beautiful. Especially the ceiling! I liked being in that atmosphere surrounded by one of the minorities in Istanbul, but still Ladino wins my heart :)