This short film features scenes in Amsterdam as people are getting ready for the Sabbath. At the end of the film there is a scene which features prayers inside the synagogue. Film was originally made for Dutch queen.
The piece is a cantata written for the Portuguese-Jewish community in Amsterdam. It is thought to have been used for liturgical purposes. The piece was discovered by Hans Krieg in 1947 in the Portuguese-Jewish library Ets Chaim, in Amsterdam. The style of the piece resembles the Baroque and rococo composers of its time. The cantata consists of four duets and two solos.
Begins with a brief history of Jewish life in Amsterdam from the earliest evidence of the 16th c., through the 17th and 18th c., including the construction and later history of the famous Esnoga (synagogue) building and the associated Ets Haim library. Musical life in the Amsterdam Jewish community in the 17th and 18th c.