Klezmer “revivalisms” to the test of real or supposed cultural borders: the stakes of memory and objects of misunderstanding
Abstract: As a musical style, klezmer is historically associated with both the bodydancing at weddings and the European Jewish cultural area. Furthermore, the great political and economic emigration waves from the 1880s to the 1920s and the destruction of European Jewry during the Second World War have created a vacuum between the original tradition of ancient klezmorim and the actual ways of playing klezmer music. Since the 1970s, a wave of revival has grown from North and South America reaching Europe in the following two decades. Incidentally,while reading some musicians’ writings, the klezmer and neo-klezmer phenomena are narrowly linked with the questions of memory and revival. Their productions, the way they conceive their relationship with the historical lands of ancient klezmorim and their discourses based on such notions as “roots” and “authenticity” ask in a specific way the question of cultural borders, as a question of representation.
"I Always Felt On The Edge Of Things And Not Really Part Of It": Fuzzy Boundaries In An Extended Scottish Jewish Family
Abstract: The educational reforms that are at the heart of the British Government’s plans for its second term include an explicit call for more faith-based schools. This paper examines Jewish day schools as examples of these. It considers attempts by community leaders to defend Jewish identities and promote religious ways of life through the construction and maintenance of socio-spatial educational boundaries. The nuanced ways by which parents accept, resist or try to bypass the aims and objectives of community leaders is also discussed.
Topics: Jewish Revival, Jewish Future, Policy, Jewish status, boundaries, Main Topic: Identity and Community