• September 1906
• The document was transferred to the museum in 2003
• Archives of the Jewish Museum in Prague, Varia, Call No. 2003/1. A digitized copy of the document is available in the study room of the museum's archives
A HANUKKAH MENORAH FROM THE JEWISH MUSEUM IN PRAGUE TO SHINE AGAIN AT THE WHITE HOUSE
On Monday 2 December at 11 a.m., a rare Hanukkah menorah will be handed over to Steven Kashkett, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Prague. During this year's Hanukkah celebrations – the Jewish Festival of Lights – this unique lamp will be on display at the White House, the official residence of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.
This year CINEGOGA presents one of the most important films of the late silent era, the dark thriller The Strong Man from 1929. The film will be accompanied by live music performed by Polish nu-jazz quartet Pink Freud, who performed to the film in 2011 at the Barbican Centre in London.
A new issue of the journal Judaica Bohemiae (48/2013, 1) came out at the beginning of July 2013.
The first paper, by Daniel Soukup, explores the medieval host desecration legends and examines the case of the alleged conversion of Rabbi Moses of Olomouc in 1425. The second paper, by Vera Leininger, looks at the legal status of Bohemian Jews and the restrictions on their ownership of real estate, focusing mainly on the late 18th and the first half of the 19th century and on the famous Przibram family of entrepreneurs in Prague. The third paper, by Michal Plavec, deals with an attractive topic of aviation history; on the basis of a large number of previously unknown archive documents, it explores the life and career of Lilly Steinschneider (1891–1975), the first Hungarian pilot of Jewish origin and the wife of Count Johannes Coudenhove-Kalergi, owner of the Poběživice (Ronsperg) estate.
In the reports section, Ivana Ebelová introduces a project that involves editing census lists of the Jewish population in Bohemia from the years 1723/24–1811 with a view to creating and providing on-line access to an electronic database. Michal Frankl and David Lawson summarize the results of a documentation project focusing on the fate of Ostrava Jews (a collaboration between the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Kingston Synagogue in London). Pavel Kocman, Magdaléna Jánošíková, Simona Malá and Monika Halbinger report on the following major conferences that were held recently: A Nobleman’s Jew, a Jewish Nobleman. Jewish Elites and Jewish Nobility in the Early and Late Modern Periods (Tovačov, 4 April 2013); Heresy, Heterodoxy and Conversion in Early Modern Europe (Budapest, 20–21 January 2013); The Land in Between – Three Centuries of Jewish Migration to, from and across Moravia,1648–1948 (Olomouc, 18–20 November 2012) and ‘Avigdor, Beneš, Gitl.’ Juden in Böhmen und Mähren im Mittelalter. Samuel Steinherz zum Gedenken (Brno, 27–29 November 2012). The volume ends with the following book reviews: Hebrejský knihtisk v Čechách a na Moravě / Hebrew Printing in Bohemia and Moravia (ed. Olga Sixtová, 2012) reviewed by Rachel L. Greenblatt, Jaroslav Kuntoš’s Silver Judaica from the Collection of the Jewish Museum in Prague (2012) reviewed by Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, Ines Koeltzsch’s Geteilte Kulturen. Eine Geschichte der tschechisch-jüdisch-deutschen Beziehungen in Prag (1918–1938) (2012) reviewed by Tatjana Lichtenstein and Rudolf Fišer’s Třebíč. Příběhy židovských familiantů [Třebíč. Stories of Jewish Familiants] (2012) reviewed by Martin Štindl.
Published since 1965 by the Jewish Museum in Prague, Judaica Bohemiae focuses on Jewish history and culture in Bohemia, Moravia and the wider Central European area (the territory of the former Habsburg Monarchy). The texts are in English and German.
Prague Museum Night postponed due to the floods and current traffic situation in Prague!
The event will happen on an alternative date. The new date has to be discussed by the organizers of Prague Museum Night, Prague Public Transport Company and municipal authorities of Prague. When known, it will be released here on the event website.
We apologize and thank you for your understanding.
Thanks to the gradual consolidation of flood situation in the Czech capital, the Jewish Museum in Prague has reopened all its sites. Both the evening program at the Department for Education and Culture (Maiselova Street 15, Prague 1) and concerts at the Spanish Synagogue are being held as planned, too.
Prague Museum Night 2013
We are looking forward to your visit during the Prague Museum Night on 8 June. The Klausen and the Spanish Synagogue will be open this year. As the Museum Night takes place on Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath), our exhibitions will not open until after the Sabbath ends at 10.30 p.m. They will be on view until 1 a.m. We hope that you understand the reasons for the shorter opening hours.
Entrance and program for children are free of charge.
The Pinkas Synagogue will be closed to the public from 9 to 11 a.m. on 8 March for a memorial ceremony commemorating the liquidation of the Terezín family camp at Auschwitz- Birkenau.
SILVER JUDAICA FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM IN PRAGUE
The collection of ritual silver objects at the Jewish Museum in Prague has never before been published extensively or separately. This situation has now been rectified by the publication of a selective catalogue in English, comprising about a tenth of this part of the museum’s holdings.
HEBREW PRINTING IN BOHEMIA AND MORAVIA
A monograph on the 500th anniversary of Hebrew Printing in Bohemia and Moravia has recently been published by the Jewish Museum in Prague in conjunction with the Academia publishing house to accompany the exhibition “You won’t need to see a rabbi”. Edited by the museum’s curator of manuscripts and rare printed books, Olga Sixtová, with essays by various authors from the Czech Republic and abroad, this work provides the first ever detailed look at various aspects of this topic which it places in a wider context.
SWORN DECLARATIONS OF PRAGUE JEWISH FAMILIES, 1748-1749 (1751).
EDITION OF A SOURCE ON THE RETURN OF JEWS EXPELLED BY MARIA THERESA
The Jewish Museum in Prague has recently published a unique source on the history of Prague Jews, which supplements the series of Jewish population lists produced by the National Archives in Prague.
ARK OF MEMORY.
THE JEWISH MUSEUM IN PRAGUE’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE TURBULENT TWENTIETH CENTURY
At the end of 2012, the Jewish Museum in Prague, together with the Academia publishing house, prepared another outstanding publication – a monograph on the museum’s history, written by the museum’s head of collections management, Magda Veselská, with an epilogue by the museum director Leo Pavlát. This is the very first book to deal systematically with the circumstances surrounding the existence of this unique institution.
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS ON THE TEREZÍN GHETTO NOW ON-LINE
For the 71st anniversary of the Terezín Ghetto’s founding the Jewish Museum in Prague is making public on-line it’s so-called Terezín collection.
In connection with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Prague entry on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Pinkas Synagogue will be accesible for free on 2 December 2012 from 9 to 12 a.m . More at prg20unesco.cz.
THE POLISH SEASON at the JMP comes to a close Agnieszka Holland: In Darkness, 14 November, 6:30 p. m., Spanish Synagogue
The Jewish Museum in Prague, Polish Institute and Verbascum Imago cordially invite you to the Czech premiere of director Agniezka Holland’s new film “In Darkness”, nominated this past year for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film.
Notification by the Jewish Museum in Prague of a restitution claim
The Jewish Museum in Prague hereby gives notices that a claim has been filed for the restitution of the following item from its collections:
Antonín Fila (1796-1869)
Portrait of Man with Sealed Letter, 1841
EHRI Summer Schools in Holocaust Studies 2013
EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) invites applications to its two summer schools on Holocaust studies in 2013. For complete details and registration instructions, see http://ehri-project.eu/ehri-summer-schools.
André Ochodlo and the Odem Trio
6. November 2012, 7:30 p.m., Spanish Synagogue
The star of the final concert of the Polish Season is André Ochodlo, a German-born Polish musician and one of the most outstanding vocalists in Yiddish in the world.
Important – notice of a planned closure of part of the museum’s depositories
Part of the museum’s depositories will be closed for reconstruction between April 2013 and April 2014. During this time, the objects that are kept there will not be available for use, i.e. for loan, study purposes, condition appraisal or for the provision of information that is not otherwise available in the museum’s database or in other records and documents.
To mark the first systematic deportations of Jews from Bohemia and Moravia to ghettoes and death camps, the JMP will be providing free access to the Pinkas Synagogue memorial to the Jewish victims of the Shoah from Bohemia and Moravia
14. 10. 2012, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Pinkas Synagogue
ON-LINE MATERIAL RELATING TO THE JEWS OF OSTRAVA
Department for Education and Culture, 10 September 2012
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Jewish transports from Ostrava to Terezín, the Jewish Museum in Prague will be putting on-line a unique collection of personal and family documents that illustrate everyday Jewish life in Ostrava before the Second World War and the fate of Ostrava’s Jews during the Holocaust, as well as the stories of those who survived.
Jill Rogoff: Voice of the Wanderer
September 13, 2012, 7:30 p.m., Spanish Synagogue
A concert by Jill Rogoff, the leading Israeli vocal interpreter of medieval songs, will be held at the Spanish Synagogue. Accompanied by a guitar, she will sing traditional Jewish music from various corners of the globe in Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish, Aramaic, Kurdish, and Arabic.
18 July, 7.30 p.m. at the Spanish Synagogue, Vězeňská 1, Prague
The Polish Season at the Jewish Museum continues with the Shofar band concert. This project is focused on finding common musical elements between jazz improvisation and religious Hasidic music. Main components of the bands musical expression are not only the superior quality of each performer but also their profound musicological studies of Hasidic songs from what is now Ukraine and Moldova.
Tickets on www.ticketstream.cz and at the cash-desk of the Spanish Synagogue.
The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) project offers fellowships for research at several European Shoah archives, including the Jewish Museum in Prague. For complete details and registration instructions, see http://www.ehri-project.eu/drupal/content/ehri-fellowships-call-2013
Poland‘s leading Klezmer Jazz band in concert.
24 April, 7:30 p.m., Spanish Synagogue, Vězeňská 1, Prague 1
Opening concert of the Polish Season at the Jewish Museum. The band Cukunft (“Future” in Yiddish) was formed by Raphael Rogiński, an acclaimed Polish-Jewish musician. Its aim is to continue the tradition of Jewish music from pre-war Eastern Europe by drawing on a wealth of rural and urban Jewish folklore, supplemented with its own jazz experiments.
Advance ticket sales at www.ticketsream.cz
Haggadah – an open-ended story
Jewish Museum in Prague in cooperation with the US Embassy and the Embassy of Israel is pleased to draw your attention to the whole day program dedicated to the phenomenon of Passover hagaddot.
This free-for-all program including workshops for schools and children with parents will take place in the American Centre in Prague on March 20th. On the most beautiful middle-age haggadot will elaborate professor Marc Michael Epstein (USA) and the recent edition of "New American Haggadah" will be presented by its designer, Israeli typographer Oded Ezer.
The Professor Epstein's book on middle-age haggadot as well as the edition of "New American Haggadah" (published on March 5th) were met with warm responses worldwide.
The European Shoah Legacy Institute and the Czech organizations that represent it – the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, the Terezín Initiative, and the Jewish Museum in Prague – express their outrage at the anti-Semitic statements that Adam B. Bartoš is disseminating via his blog.
A new, monothematic issue of the journal Judaica Bohemiae (46/2011, 2) – Jan Neruda and Jews. Texts and Contexts – came out at the end of December 2011. This focuses on Jan Neruda’s relationship with the Jews, specifically on his anti-Semitic writings, which are presented, analyzed and placed in the broader cultural and political context of Czech and European history from the 1850s to the 1870s. The papers published in the journal were originally presented at a workshop of the same name, which was held by the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Institute for Czech Literature of the Czech Academy of Sciences in October 2010.
The introductory text is by Michal Frankl and Jindřich Toman. This is followed by Michal Frankl’s overview of the discussion concerning Jews and the “Jewish question” in the Czech press in the 1860s, which places Neruda’s anti-Jewish views in the context of the day. Jindřich Toman points to Neruda’s significant contribution to the creation of a negative image of the Jews in the 1860s and 1870s and to the emergence of modern Czech anti-Semitism. Marek Nekula analyzes the image of Jews in Neruda’s ‘Lesser Town Tales’ in the context of the anti-Jewish discourse of the day. Referring to the example of Karel Havlíček Borovský’s and Neruda’s relationship to Siegfried Kapper, Kateřina Čapková examines the anti-Jewish discourses in the Czech national movement. Václav Petrbok deals with the question of the relationship between Neruda and David Kuh – a prominent figure in Prague’s German-language liberal milieu of the 1850s–70s – against the background of the Czech-German conflict.
In the reports section, Arno Pařík highlights a project aimed at the revitalization of Jewish Sites in the Czech Republic. The journal ends with Jiřina Šedinová’s review of the book Meneket Rivkah: A Manual of Wisdom and Piety for Jewish Women by Rivkah bat Meir (2008, edited by Frauke von Rohden) and Julie Jenšovská and Magdalena Sedlická’s review of the book Šoa v české literatuře a kulturní paměti [The Shoah in Czech Literature and Cultural Memory] by Jiří Holý, Petr Málek, Michael Špirit and Filip Tomáš (2011).
Published since 1965 by the Jewish Museum in Prague, Judaica Bohemiae focuses on Jewish history and culture in Bohemia, Moravia and the wider Central European area (the territory of the former Habsburg Monarchy). The texts are in English and German.
In October and November 2011 we will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first systematic deportations of Jews from Bohemia and Moravia to ghettoes and death camps.
To mark the tragic anniversary the Jewish Museum will be providing free access to the Pinkas Synagogue memorial to the Jewish victims of the Shoah from Bohemia and Moravia on 16 October and 27 November.
The most visited museum in the Czech Republic was in 2010 the Jewish Museum in Prague
Czech Tourist Authority - CzechTourism published statistics of visits to Czech tourist destinations in 2010. The Jewish Museum in Prague was in the cathegory of museums ranked first, in the overall ranking of tourist destinations in the Czech Republic fourth woth more then 560,000 visitors. The most visitek place in the Czech Republic was the Prague ZOO. We would like to thank all of our fans and visitors!
A new issue of the journal Judaica Bohemiae (46/2011, 1) came out at the beginning of July 2011.
The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) project offers fellowships for research at several European Shoah archives, including the Jewish Museum in Prague. For complete details and registration instructions, see www.ehri-project.eu
The latest Newsletter of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)
The latest newsletter of the EHRI project is available on the EHRI website (www.ehri-project.eu), which contains information about the EHRI meeting in Prague in May 2011, as well as many other interesting articles
We are pleased to invite you once again to our museum as part of Prague’s Museum Night. This year we will be opening our doors to the Klausem Synagogue and the Ceremonial Hall (at Starého hřbitova 3a) where you can see exhibitions on Jewish customs, holidays and traditions. As Museum Night always begins on a Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath), our exhibitions will not open until after the Sabbath ends at 10.30 p.m. They will be on view until 1 a.m. We hope that you understand the reasons for the shorter opening hours.
Entry + children’s programme free of charge
We would like to inform those who are unable to come on Museum Night that we have made favourable changes to our visitor times and services. By using the Prague Opencard, you can now get great discounts on entry fees for the museum (Regular entrance fee – CZK 120, instead of CZK 300; discounted entrance fee – CZK 80, instead of CZK 200). In addition, entry tickets are now valid for seven days, so you can arrange to see our exhibitions at times that best suit you.
Yom Ha-Shoah 5771 (2011)
Together with the Jewish Community in Prague, we would like to invite you to a memorial event to mark Yom Ha-Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in the Pinkas Synagogue on Monday 2 May at 9.30 a.m.
(The Pinkas Synagogue will be closed to the public between 9 and 11 a.m. as a result of the memorial event.)
The names of Holocaust victims will be read out at Náměstí Míru (Peace Square) in Prague on 2 May between 2 and 5 in the afternoon. The Holocaust Victims Foundation would like to invite anyone who cares about the human rights of ethnic and religious minorities in present-day society to attend this event and to join in the reading of the names of men, women and children who were discriminated against and murdered by the Nazi regime as a result of their origin.
The JMP Library has made available online a newly restored version of the original catalogue of the Terezín Ghetto 'Hebrew Library' at http://nris.nkp.cz/.
This card catalogue is a register of the Hebrew books that were gathered at the Terezín ghetto during the Second World War. These books were classed with call numbers beginning with the letters 'Jc' and were catalogued by the 'Talmudkommando', a group of experts whose task was to put together a representative collection of Hebraica. After the war, the collection was transferred to the Jewish Museum in Prague, where some of the books were included in its regular collection and some were kept separately (in total, approx. 18,000 volumes).
A new issue of the journal Judaica Bohemiae 45 (2010)/2 has just been published
In the main studies section, Magda Veselská discusses the art historian and long-term former director of the Jewish Museum in Prague, Hana Volavková (1904–1985). This is the first detailed biography of this prominent figure who successfully led the museum through one of its most complex periods when it was at risk of demise after the Second World War and who significantly contributed to its further existence and development. The study is accompanied by a compelling commemorative text on Volavková by her son, Jan Volavka. In another paper, Martina Niedhammer explores the circumstances surrounding the establishment of a charity foundation for the building of a children’s home in Jerusalem. The outcome of this charity foundation, established in 1855 by the daughter of the Prague merchant Simon Lämel Elisa Herz, was the founding of the famous boys' school in Jerusalem known as the Lämelschule. This study enriches research into Jewish philanthropy and into the forming of Jewish identity in the nineteenth century.
In the documents section, Iveta Cermanová deals with disputes concerning the spiritual leadership of Prague's Jewish community after the death of Ezekiel Landau in 1793 and provides new material relating to this issue. In the reports section, Dana Veselská looks at the methodology for assessing the collection of Torah binders from Bohemia and Moravia and Pavel Kocman focuses on a Vienna conference on the Jewish money trade in medieval Askhenaz (Zinsverbot und Judenschaden. Jüdisches Geldgeschäft im mittelalterlichen Aschkenas). At the end of the journal is a review by Karen Franklin and Emily Spiegel of Dana Veselská's A Child’s Birth in the Culture and Customs of Bohemian and Moravian Jews (2009).
Help identify two unknown girls in portraits
In addition to other interesting acquisitions, the Jewish Museum’s Collection of Visual Art was enriched by two paintings in 2010 – portraits of two sisters aged between four and six and between six and eight, signed by the figurative artist and portraitist Ludvík Schneiderka (b. 1903, Valašské Meziříčí – d. 1980, Prague). Judging by the date on one of the portraits, both paintings were made in 1931. They were kindly given to the Jewish Museum by Jan Prášil and Michaela Prášilová from Olomouc-Slavonín. According to the donors, the paintings were kept by Mr. Prášil’s family from the time of the war in safe-keeping for the original owners who had been deported, probably the parents of the two girls. Unfortunately, the portraits were not reclaimed after the war and the name of the family that left them with the Prášil family was later forgotten, which makes it
harder to identify the girls, who probably shared the same cruel fate of many other Jews during the war. We will be very grateful to anyone who provides any information that helps us identify the girls.
Ludvík Schneiderka, Portraits of Two Unknown Sisters, 1931, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 35 cm. Inv. No. 179.632 and 179.633.
The Pinkas Synagogue will be closed to the public from 8.30 to 11.00
a.m. on 8 March for a memorial ceremony commemorating the liquidation
of the Terezín family camp at Auschwitz- Birkenau.
The Spanish Synagogue will be open from 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Newsletter 4/2010 - new issue published online
The exhibition "Since then I believe in fate..." Transports of
Protectorate Jews to Byelorussia, 1941-1942 will be extended until 6
We would like to invite you to the Spanish Synagogue on December 6 at 8 p.m. to a staged concert KING DAVID
The Crocus Project is being held by the Jewish Museum in Prague in association with the Holocaust Era Trust of Ireland. As part of this project, schools plant yellow crocus bulbs, which will hopefully come into bloom at the end of January around the time of International Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January). The Brno-based Royal Rangers Outpost 24 has also joined the project.
For information about the project in Czech, see: More >>>
For a video report in Czech by the Benešova Elementary School in Třebíč, see: More >>>
The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) will be launched in Brussels on 16 November 2010 under the auspices of Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council. This four-year project aims to improve co-operation between Holocaust archives in Europe. The Jewish Museum is contributing to the project in the Czech Republic.
We are pleased to invite you to the exhibition Don’t Lose Faith in Mankind... The Protectorate Through the Eyes of Jewish Children which will be on display from 15 to 19 November 2010 in the European Parliament in Bruxelles. From 19 November to 3 December it will be on in the Czech Centre in Bruxelles.
The European Parliament
The Czech Centre
Newsletter 3/2010 - new issue published online
We are pleased to invite you to a concert of David Orlowsky Trio, organized by the Strings of Autumn Festival. It will take place on 7 October at 7.30 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Spanish Synagogue
The Jewish Museum in Prague, The Embassy of the United States in Prague and Kartemquin Films are pleased to invite you to the Czech premiere of PRISONER OF HER PAST a documentary by Howard Reich. The screening followed by a discussion with the producer and some of the film’s protagonists will take place on October 14, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the American Center, Tržiště 13, Prague 1
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European Heritage Days in 2010 will be held from 11 till 19 September.
The Jewish Cemetery in Žižkov in Fibichova street will be open to the public free of charge on Wednesday 15 September from from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Spanish Synagogue will be open only until 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2010. We apologize for any inconvenience.
We are pleased to invite you to a new exhibition in the Robert Guttmann Gallery “Since then I believe in fate...” Transports of Protectorate Jews to Byelorussia, 1941–1942 from July 29, 2010 to January 30, 2011
The Jewish Museum published a set of five new postcards with pictures of the Prague Jewish Town by Mark Podwal. Podwal is a major contemporary American artist and illustrator.
A new issue of the journal Judaica Bohemiae 45 (2010)/1 has just been published
The new issue Judaica Bohemiae 45 (2010)/1 contains three key studies. Michal Frankl focuses on anti-Jewish riots in Bohemia in 1866, Dimitry Shumsky explores the image and use of the Prague Maharal in the work of the Prague Zionists and Zionist historians of the Jerusalem School, and Dieter Hecht covers an interesting and hitherto neglected topic – the World Jewish Charity Conference (“Jüdische Welthilfskonferenz”), a European initiative established in Karlovy Vary in the 1920s with the aim of alleviating the suffering of Eastern European Jews after the First World War. In the reports section, Olga Sixtová focuses on the extensive collection of Hebraica and Judaica at the Research Library in Olomouc and Dana Veselská looks at the fascinating history of a synagogue curtain from Kolín in the Jewish Museum’s collections (an even earlier curtain from the 17th century was discovered during its restoration survey). In addition, Magda Veselská provides information about an international conference in Vienna on Jewish ethnography (“Jüdische Volkskunde im historichen Kontext”) and Petr Pálka gives an overview of the 16th Jews and Moravia conference.
The Library and the Archive will be closed to public in August. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Newsletter 2/2010 - new issue published online.
Jewish Museum in Prague 2009 Annual Report
ABRAHAM INC in Prague
The Shoah History Department Archive will be closed in July and August in order to digitize its documents.
In urgent cases, archival materials will be made available on loan only after prior agreement via email – firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
The Jewish Museum in Prague opens the doors to the Maisel and Spanish Synagogues as part of Prague Museum Night from 10.30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2010
We are pleased to invite to an exhibition Old Jewish Cemetery in Olšany, Poštovní minigalerie, Přemyslovská 2, Praha 2. From 10 June until 7 July 2010. Open on weekdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Concert MAKANNA – 100th anniversary of the birth of Jiří Weil
Newsletter 1/2010 - new issue published online. here >>>
The Jewish Museum in Prague will be open to visitors until 7 p.m. on Sunday, 4 April.
A catalogue to the exhibition “And you shall tell your son...” has been published
We are pleased to invite you to a new exhibition in the Robert Guttmann Gallery "And you shall tell your son…" Haggadot in the collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague from March 25, 2010 here >>>
Important award for the Path of Life book
The awards ceremony of the second annual Ceny Nakladatelství Academia (Academia Publishing House Awards) took place at the headquarters of the Czech Academy of Sciences on 24 February 2010. Awards were given for several categories, including original science/non-fiction, translations of science/non-fiction, and dictionaries/encyclopaedias. The Academia award for graphic design went to Clara Istlerová for the prestigious book Path of Life. Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel (ca. 1525 – 1609), which was published by Nakladatelství Academia and the Jewish Museum in Prague for the 400th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Loew, the Prague Maharal. Published on the occasion of a major exhibition of the same name at Prague Castle, this book is more than a mere exhibition catalogue, even though it features a substantial selection of the exhibits on view from the collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague and from numerous other prestigious Czech and foreign cultural institutions. It is primarily a work that provides insights into the authentic legacy of the Maharal, which to date has remained, for the most part, concealed from the Jewish and non-Jewish public.
A new publication, Židovská menšina v Československu po druhé světové válce (The Jewish Minority in Czechoslovakia after the Second World War) , has just been published
A new issue of the journal Judaica Bohemiae XLIV-2 has just been published
The journal Judaica Bohemiae features specialist studies on the history and culture of the Jews in the Czech lands. The main papers in the new issue focus on anthropology in the work of the Prague Maharal (Rabbi Loew), the Maharal legend before the Golem, and Jewish loans to Czech noblemen in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. There are also reports on the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the death of the Maharal at the Jewish Museum in Prague, an Israeli conference on the Maharal, the first ten years of the project Bohemia, Moravia et Silesia Judaica, and the international conference The Individual and the Community. Jews in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, 1520–1848.
Newsletter 4/2009 - new issue published online. here >>>
The exhibition Path of Life. Rabbi Loew (ca. 1525–1609) was the third most visited exhibition in the Czech Republic in 2009.
Hanukkah Lamp from the collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague. here >>>
We are pleased to invite you to the Robert Guttmann Gallery to take part in a guided tour of the exhibition May God Let Him Grow on Tueday, December 29, 2009 at 4.30 p.m. (In Czech). here >>>
A catalogue to the exhibition May God Let Him Grow has been published. here >>>
We are pleased to invite you to a new exhibition in the Robert Guttmann Gallery May God Let Him Grow. Ceremonies for a Child's Birth in Jewish Culture from December 10, 2009 here >>>
Hanukkah Lamp from the collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague to be lit at the White House. here >>>
A catalogue to the exhibition Helga Hošková-Weissová. Paintings and Drawings has been published. here >>>
Become part of a team of an institution that takes care of the unique monuments and the living legacy of Jewish tradition and culture! The Society of Friends of the Jewish Museum in Prague. here >>>
Newsletter 3/2009 - new issue published online. here >>>
We are pleased to invite you to a new exhibition in the Robert Guttmann Gallery Helga Hošková-Weissová: Paintings and Drawings. An exhibition for the artist’s 80th birthday from October 15, 2009 here >>>
The CINEGOGUE cinema concert in the Spanish Synagogue
14 October 2009 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
THE JEWISH MUSEUM IN PRAGUE & THE BERG ORCHESTRA invite you to the music and film event of the year – a screening of the 1922 silent classic Hungry Hearts (directed by E. Mason Hopper) with a new score by the young Czech composer Jan Dušek performed by the most progressive ensemble on the contemporary Czech music scene, the Berg Orchestra, conducted by Peter Vrábel. More >>>
In connection with the exhibition Path of Life. Rabbi Loew (ca. 1525–1609), the director of the Jewish Museum in Prague Leo Pavlát will be the host of an on-line chat held by Czech Television, starting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 22 September 2009.
You can post your questions
Due to the security measures in place for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Prague Castle, the Path of Life exhibition in the Imperial Stables will be closed on Saturday 26 September. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.
We are pleased to invite you to Golem’s Forehead – Concert for Light Scores which takes place in the Robert Guttmann Gallery on 5 October at 6 p.m.
European Heritage Days in 2009 will be held from 12 till 20 September. The Jewish Cemetery in Žižkov in Fibichova street will be open to the public free of charge on Wednesday 16 September from from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The 7th of September 2009 will be the 400th anniversary of the death of the Prague Maharal, Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel. The Jewish Museum will be closed to visitors except for the Maisel and Spanish Synagogues as well as the Robert Guttmann Gallery. Entrance fees: adults 90 CZK, under 15s and students 60 CZK, under 6s - free. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Path of Life. Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel (ca. 1525–1609)
Path of Life. Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel (ca. 1525–1609)
The 7th of September 2009 (18th of Elul 5769) is the 400th anniversary of the death of Judah Loew ben Bezalel, known both as the Maharal and Rabbi Loew. Published by the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Academia Publishing House on the occasion of the major exhibition of the same name at Prague Castle, the deluxe book Path of Life is more than a mere catalogue for the exhibition, although it features a substantial selection of the exhibits on view from the collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague and from numerous other prestigious Czech and foreign cultural institutions. It is a work that provides insights into the authentic legacy of the Maharal, which so far has remained concealed from the Jewish and non-Jewish public.
In Czech and English
520 pp, 402 colour illustrations
ISBN 978-80-200-1742-0 (Academia)
ISBN 978-80-86889-87-0 (Jewish Museum in Prague)
ISBN 978-80-200-1775-8 (Academia)
ISBN 978-80-86889-89-4 (Jewish Museum in Prague)
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