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I once heard someone identifying as a "Yeki", or something like that, and the "Yekis" apparently have an interesting musical tradition where they use a different Yigdal tune before Kiddush at each festival, as well as having a special tune for festival Kiddush. But since I only heard this and never seen it written, it's a bit difficult to find out who the "Yekis" are, if I even managed to spell it correctly. Anyone know? Thank you!

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There is a very nice Yekke Shul in Ramot, in Jerusalem, FWIW –  SZH Feb 5 at 13:52
"Yekke"s are often characterized by their meticulous and punctual nature. –  SZH Feb 5 at 13:54

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It refers to the Jewish community of Germany, especially of Frankfurt-am-Main and its vicinity, which (the community of Frankfurt) was later transplanted to other places, especially the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. Wikipedia has more.

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Dang, 11 seconds. –  Seth J Apr 8 '13 at 18:16

Yekke Jews are of German ancestry.

They have a number of very strong traditions that set them a bit apart from the rest of "Ashkenazi" Jewry, including, but not limited to, young men wearing a Tallith Gadol prior to marriage, and slightly different cantillation tunes than most Ashkenazim.

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Yekkes FTW!!!!! –  jake Apr 8 '13 at 18:42
There is a lot in common between yekis and original teimoni minhagim. Both are said to be original yerushalmi minhagim. –  MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Apr 9 '13 at 5:34

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