"Exhibition at the Synagogue" Sejny Favorite Tip by evaanna
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Favorite thing: When we entered the White Synagogue we were disappointed to see there was nothing in it, no Bima, no Aron-ha-Kodesh, just the empty walls and some electronic equipment, and it was dark too. Our guide told us there wasn't anything left there and I was about to leave when Chris, who had gone down the steep steps, called me. Reluctantly, I followed him and never regretted it. Hung on racks around the place were beautiful paintings by Mira Zelechower-Aksiun, pages from the 'calendar of memory' based on 'The Treaty on Mannequins', a collection of 13 stories by the Polish Jewish writer and artist, Bruno Schulz (1892-1942). The paintings reflected the 13 months of the Jewish calendar with their religious festivals, readings from the Torah and fragments of the author's writings. And they were like his prose - poetic, magical, dream-like, surrealist and so colourful. In a word, fantastic! Don't miss them wherever you might come across this exhibition, as I have been told it won't be there for much longer. And visiting Sejny don't miss the interior of the White Synagogue even if you have to go to the Borderland Centre first to be let in. You never know what might be on in there.
And if you have a chance to attend their performance of 'The Sejny Chronicles' (Kroniki Sejnenskie) directed by Bozena Szroeder, don't hesitate. It is said to be a wonderful performance, based on tales of the local people remembering the times when Sejny was a multicultural town and told by the local children. It has now been shown not only in Poland but also in Bosnia, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark and, this year, in New York. I do hope to see it some day too.
Here is the link to the Borderland Centre
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