The organ of the synagogue then and now

To commemorate the Reich pogroms of 1938, organist Jakub Stefek will play synagogal music by Louis Lewandowski, Arno Nadel and Gershon Efros.

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Organ concert to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the November pogroms of 1938 with Jakub Stefek


“This great instrument can convey any emotion, reproduce any text, and evoke countless impressions.” – Jakub Stefek

For the Polish organist Jakub Stefek, who officiates at the famous Berlin Synagogue on Pestalozzistrasse in Berlin, the powerful sound of a large symphony orchestra is the model for the organ: majestic and warm, versatile and versatile, each individual voice represents a different instrument. Together, all voices form a living organism that breathes, feels, and can evoke countless impressions.

With the Sauer organ of Villa Seligmann, a tangible closeness to the pieces and their sounds can be created. She is a contemporary witness and ambassador of the artistry of the great masters of synagogal music: Louis Lewandowski, Arno Nadel and Gershon Efros.

In his program, Jakub Stefek also ventures into new music, performing works by recognized Polish composers of his generation. In their music he finds a direct link to the musical heritage of the great synagogues of the 19th century and emphasizes the transposition of the ancient tradition into a contemporary musical language.

“These composers have taken a path that so many had to leave after 1938.” – Jakub Stefek

Jakub Stefek dedicates the organ concert to the memory of Jewish composers and their music, which was silenced and burned down in synagogues during the November pogroms of 1938.

Tickets at 28 | 18 (reduced 8) euros are available in our webshop, by phone at 0511-844887-200 or by mail to

Admission is from 30 minutes from the start of the event.


Jakub Stefek completed his organ studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and works as an assistant professor at the Academy of Arts in Szczecin. There he has been teaching organ courses since 2017, as well as courses in chamber music, liturgical accompaniment, organization of artistic events, social communication and music lectures. In 2021, he received his doctorate in musical art from the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wroclaw, and in 2022 in economics from the University of Economics in Katowice, where he has been a lecturer for several years. In addition, Jakub Stefek published numerous publications and completed postgraduate studies “Academy of Management – Modern Practices of Business Management” at the Warsaw School of Economics. As a musician he is particularly at home in the field of Jewish organ music and initiated, among other things, the annual festival “Jewish Music Days in Szczecin”. Since 2020 Jakub Stefek has been working as the organist of Pestalozzi Street Synagogue.


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