Hamburg Alton 15. Mai 2021 | 18:00 Uhr

15.05.2022, 6 p.m.: Concert of the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin in the Kulturkirche Altona

„Louis Lewandowski and his influence on synagogal music in Europe“

Treasures of Jewish musical culture by Louis Lewandowski, Emanuel Kirschner, Heinrich Schalit and others.

After the enthusiastic audience response on the occasion of their first performance in October 2021, the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin now comes again to the Kulturkirche Altona and presents further works of Jewish synagogal music – this time by various European composers from Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine. Once again, you can expect moving alternating chants between soloist(s) and choir, accompanied by the solemn sounds of the French-Romantic Kuhn organ.
Founded in 2002, the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin consists of professional singers who perform internationally, but also sing in the choir of the Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue in Berlin, enlivening and celebrating the treasures of Jewish music and culture there and at international concert venues.
In the 20 years of the ensemble’s existence, the artists have given countless concerts in synagogues, churches or concert halls in Germany, Poland, Serbia, Sweden, England, Italy, Israel and South Africa – on May 15 now again in the Kulturkirche Altona in Hamburg.


  • Synagogal Ensemble Berlin
  • Arno Schneider, Orgel
  • Regina Yantian, Leitung

Kulturkirche Altona
Bei der Johanniskirche 22
22767 Hamburg

Tickets auf

Kulturkirche Altona

Unna 04 July 2021 | 04:00pm

Sunday 04/07/2021 04:00pm


Treasures of Jewish musical culture by Louis Lewandowski, Emanuel Kirschner, Heinrich Schalit and others.

An event of the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin e.V. in cooperation with the Jewish Community haKochaw für den Kreis Unna e.V. in the context of the festival year 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany #2021JLID


  • Synagogal Ensemble Berlin
  • Cantor Gabriel Loewenheim
  • Jacobus Gladziwa, Organ
  • Regina Yantian, Musical direction

Synagogue Unna

Buderusstraße 11
59427 Unna-Massen

Tickets: 10 €

Synagoge Unna

Munich June 13, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, 06/13/2021, 7:00 p.m.
Jewish evening liturgy and spiritual readings

zum Festjahr 1700 Jahre jüdisches Leben in Deutschland


  • Synagogal Ensemble Berlin
  • Kantor Nikola David
  • Kantor Gabriel Loewenheim
  • Jürgen Geiger, Orgel
  • Regina Yantian, Künstlerische Leitung

Pfarrkirche Leiden Christi

Passionistenstraße 12
81247 München

Admission free, donations requested

Responsible: Liberale jüdische Gemeinde München Beth Shalom and Erzbischöfliches Ordinariat München (FB Dialog der Religionen) in cooperation with the parish Leiden Christi in the context of the festival year 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany #2021JLID

Pfarrkirche Leiden Christi

SEB with Cantor Sheffer

Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 7:00 pm

Samstag, 12.06.2021, 19:00 Uhr

Concert in the context of the Weilheim Organ Summer

Solemn evening service with the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin


  • Synagogal Ensemble Berlin
  • Cantor Nikola David
  • Cantor Gabriel Loewenheim
  • Jürgen Geiger, Organ
  • Regina Yantian, Musical direction

Stadtpfarrkirche Mariä Himmelfahrt

Marienplatz 3
82362 Weilheim

Tickets: 25.00 euros, reduced 20.00 euros at:

An event of the International Weilheim Organ Summer in the context of the festival year 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany #2021JLID

Stadtpfarrkirche Mariä Himmelfahrt

26. October 2019 Interreligious concert

Saturday, 26 October 2019

5th International Choral Music Days Chorint

04.30 pm Interreligious Concert

with the premiere of the oratorical scenes “Im wüsten Land ohne Weg” (Libretto: Christian Lehnert, composition: Saad Thamir) as well as works by Louis Lewandowski, Johann Sebastian Bach (excerpts from the Mass in B minor) and Saad Thamir.


  • Roland Stolte | Foundation House of One
  • Synagogal Ensemble Berlin | Director: Regina Yantian
  • Cantor Isaac Sheffer
  • Vocal Ensemble Szabba | Direction: Saad Thamir
  • Marien Kantorei | Director: Maria-Louise Schneider
  • Aris & Aulis Orchestra
  • Different Soloists

St. Marienkirche Berlin

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 8
10178 Berlin

Info and tickets at

Music in intercultural dialogue on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone of the “House of One” 23 – 27 October 2019

St. Marienkirche, Berlin

10. Nov. 2019 Köpenicker Synagogenkonzert

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Memory – Hope – Future

05:00 pm Memorial at the site of the former synagogue

EI Male Rachamim – Remembrance of the Dead


  • Cantor Isaac Sheffer
  • children’s choir of the Joseph-Schmidt-Musikschule

5:45 pm  Concert in the hall FREIHEIT FÜNFZEHN

Freiheit 15, 12555 Berlin-Köpenick


  • Cantor Isaac Sheffer
  • Synagogal Ensemble Berlin
  • Organ: Jürgen Geiger

Artistic direction: Regina Yantian

Admission is free.

An event of the district office Treptow-Köpenick of Berlin with support of the Louis Lewandowski Festival and the FREIHEIT FÜNFZEHN in the context of the Jewish Cultural Days.

Translated with

Am Ort der ehemaligen Synagoge

Performance Munich July 2019

Munich, 11 – 12 July 2019

Performance of the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin at the symposium ” Jewish Music in Southern Germany ” – History, Exile and Fortleben! at the Musicological Institute of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (HMTM) in Munich with performance contributions.

This symposium is an essential contribution to a living culture of remembrance at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. The networking of theory and practice is a special concern of our Musicological Institute in order to bring research and artistic expression together.” says Prof. Dr. Bernd Redmann, President of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.

University of Music Munich “

Hochschule für Musik und Theater München

Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin

Louis Lewandowski Festival 2018

The Louis-Lewandowski-Festival is a music festival for Jewish liturgy and synagogal choral music in Berlin, which has been held annually since 2011. It is dedicated to the reformer of synagogal music Louis Lewandowski (* 1821 – 1894). For five days, choirs from all over the world will guest in Berlin and Potsdam at various venues, including synagogues and churches as well as industrial halls, and will perform works of synagogal music. In addition to the concerts, workshops and lectures will be held on various topics related to synagogal music.

It is thanks to this great reformer of synagogal music that the traditional Jewish prayer service was given its new, then modern form, characterised by the interplay between cantor, choir and organ. In his compositions, Lewandowski combined traditional synagogal singing with modern European musical development. His compositions reflected the newly awakened self-confidence of German Jews in the 19th century and contributed to the spread and growing popularity of Jewish liturgical music worldwide – even beyond the borders of religious currents.

Impressions 2018

Gedenken 80Jahre Reichspogromnacht

80 Years Progrom Night

Berlin, 11.11.2018 – Concert at the commemoration ceremony on 11 November 2018 at 17:00 with the commemoration of the dead EL MALE RACHAMIM with the cantor Isaac Sheffer and the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin as well as the youth choir of the synagogue Pestalozzistraße at the site of the former synagogue Freiheit 8 in Berlin-Köpenick in the presence of the district mayor Igel.

On November 9, 1938, as part of the National Socialist November pogroms, the then only 28-year-old Köpenick Synagogue, designed by the Rixdorf architect Adolf Sommerfeld, was devastated, plundered and set on fire by the SA. With the support of the Louis Lewandowski Festival, the Treptow-Köpenick district is commemorating this tragic event as part of the Jewish Cultural Days Berlin 2018.

The synagogue in Köpenick was one of 15 Jewish places of worship that were destroyed in Berlin alone during the pogrom night, which the National Socialists called “Reichskristallnacht” (Crystal Night of the Reich).

According to official figures, 30,000 Jews were deported to concentration camps during the acts of violence, and 90 people died – recent research, however, assumes that several hundred people actually died. The heavily damaged synagogue in Köpenick was further destroyed by bombs in World War II and had to be completely demolished in 1945. “According to Cornelia Flader, District Councillor for Culture, “A commemorative plaque commemorates the synagogue and its history today. The location of the former synagogue reminds the living and supports the memory of the dead”.

It was an absolutely moving event, as the specially closed off street at the blackboard where the synagogue used to stand was populated with Berliners from Köpenick. Not everyone could be admitted to the concert hall because it was overcrowded.