Conference: Synagogal music in Bordeaux: from the Temple of the Rue Causserouge (1812) to the inauguration of the Great Synagogue (1882), by Hervé Roten

Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 2pm at the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux

The Consistoire Israélite de la Gironde is organizing a series of events and cultural activities to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Great Synagogue of Bordeaux and to commemorate the presence of the Jewish community in the city and in the region since the Middle Age.

Communication of Hervé Roten

In 1812, the first French Israelite consistory temple of the Portuguese rite was inaugurated on rue Causserouge in Bordeaux. The inauguration of this building marked the beginning of a profound reform of the musical cult which continued throughout the 19th century and saw its apotheosis in the inauguration of the Great Synagogue of Bordeaux in 1882.

Hervé Roten’s lecture, illustrated by numerous musical examples, will allow us to follow the evolution of Bordeaux’s liturgy with the introduction of new vocal and instrumental practices, notably the introduction of the organ in some of the official ceremonies until its definitive introduction in the regular religious service of the new Great Synagogue.

A musical journey through time…


Moderator: Michel Cardoze, journalist and writer.
– “History of the Jewish presence in Bordeaux”, by Michel Cardoze.
– “Evolution of the Jewish community of Bordeaux through its heritage”, by Dominique Jarrassé, professor emeritus of contemporary art history, University of Bordeaux Montaigne and École du Louvre.
– “The contribution of the Jewish community to the development of Gironde in the 18th century,” by Michel Figeac, professor of modern history at the University of Bordeaux-Montaigne.

– “Synagogal music in Bordeaux: from the Temple of the Rue Causserouge (1812) to the inauguration of the Great Synagogue (1882)”, by Hervé Roten, director of the European Institute of Jewish Music, doctor in musicology, University of Paris IV-Sorbonne.
– “Devastations and reparations: the Great Synagogue facing genocide and ethnocide”, by Carole Lemée, lecturer, anthropologist, Faculty of Social Anthropology – Ethnology of the University of Bordeaux, researcher at the UMR Passages.

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Consult the event in the IEMJ Diary


Le CAPC – musée d’Art contemporain de Bordeaux,
7 Rue Ferrere
Bordeaux, 33000 France
213 rue Sainte-Catherine 33000 Bordeaux • T. +(33) 5 56 91 79 39
Consistoire de Bordeaux

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