Rosh Hashanah on the Vistula River

Tashlikh 5774/2013! Let’s go down to the river!

The Museum and the Jewish Community of Warsaw cordially invite everyone to participate in Tashlikh, a beautiful Jewish tradition accompanying Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. We will meet in the square by the Nożyk Synagogue (6 Twarda St.) on Thursday, September 5 at 4:30 PM. From there, we will walk to a spot on the bank of the Vistula River in the vicinity of the Copernicus Science Center. Upon arrival, Rabbi Mosze Bloom from the Jewish Community of Warsaw will give a short lecture on the significance of the ram horn called shofar. Its sound plays a very important role in the Rosh Hashanah celebrations. Those interested will have a chance to play this unusual instrument.

At 5:15 PM, on the river bank by the Copernicus Science Center, an open discussion will be held on Aleksander Gierymski's Feast of Trumpets (1884), one of the painter's most important works. The painting depicts Jews praying on the bank of the Vistula river in Warsaw’s Solec on Rosh Hashanah. Together with dr. Grazyna Bastek (The National Museum in Warsaw) we will interpret it in reference to the customs and traditions of the holiday.

The dicussion will be followed by a solo trumpet performance by Kamil Szuszkiewicz, prepared especially for the occasion.

Kamil Szuszkiewicz is a trumpeter connected with the independent music scene in Warsaw, which is greatly valued for its genre variety and unorthodoxy. He has worked with such exceptional artists as Jan Jelinek, Marcin Masecki, Władysław Jagiełło, Tadeusz Sudnik, Ziv Ravitz, Adam Kamissoko, Fred Frith, Ray Dickaty, Arturas Bumsteinas, Wojtek Traczyk, Sobura, Piotr Bejnar, Piotr Pawlak, Wolfram, Macio Moretti, Piotr Zabrodzki, Coldair, Baaba, Janek & Combo and many others. He is a member of the highly valued group Profesjonalizm and the niche Kapacitron.

See you by the river!