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October - December

Year of Jewish Culture - 100 Years of the Jewish Museum in Prague

The project is held under the auspices of the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Vítězslav Jandák, Chairman of the House of Representatives Lubomír Zaorálek, Chairman of the Senate Přemysl Sobotka, Mayor of the City of Prague Pavel Bém and Václav Havel.

Programme (October - December)

lectures & discussions
social events
Czech Centres


Jewish Museum in Prague
26 October-28 January The Second Life of Czech Torah Scrolls. Czech Torah scrolls and binders from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London and the Jewish Museum in Prague, Robert Guttmann Gallery
This exhibition highlights the tradition of the Torah scroll and its place in the life of the synagogue and elucidates the emergence and function of Torah scrolls. It also explains the fate of the Torah scrolls during and after the Holocaust, and tells the story of their sale and further existence by featuring copies of archive documents and charting the places in the world where the scrolls are now in use.
until 14 January Melissa Shiff: Ark, Pinkas Street
A video installation in the form of a gigantic ship, which has been conceived as part of the Museum’s centennial celebrations. This work provides a visual metaphor in which the history of the Museum – as an ark that has protected the precious legacy of Jewish culture in the Czech lands – merges with the past and present of the city against the backdrop of the dramatic events of the twentieth century. This project is held in association with the City District Prague1, 9 Gates Festival with support from the Canadian Embassy in Prague, Prague City Hall, the Czech Ministry of Culture, Goodside Foundation, Hardesh Foundation, The Lee Foundation, The Davis Family, The Glina Family, The Warshafsky Foundation, JAP – Jewish Art / Products / Politics More >>>
until 31 October I have not seen a butterfly around here…, Education and Culture Centre
Photographs by Rosa Revsin, an Argentine photographer and artist, inspired by the poetry of Terezín children. Held in association with the Argentine Embassy in the Czech Republic.
November - December The Terezín Ghetto, Education and Culture Centre
Black-and-white photographs taken by Petr Holubec in 2004-05. The works focus on the empty buildings of the former ghetto and on the silent movement within its enclosed and off-limit places.
December - January, Education and Culture Centre
The Life and Work of Milena Hübschmannová – We can make ourselves understood.
Featuring the leading ethnologist, sociologist, linguist and historian and founder of Roma studies at Prague's Charles University, Milena Hübschmannová.
American Center, Wratislaw Palace – Jewish Museum in Prague
until 24 November Visual Metaphors: The Art of Mark Podwal
Matana a.s. – Jubilee Synagogue
until 8 November The Jewish Town, Prague, 1870-1914
putovní výstava VKC ŽMP... Prostějov Museum
2 November-3 December Don’t Lose Faith in Mankind... The Protectorate Through the Eyes of Jewish Children. A travelling exhibition and educational project featuring the stories of six children who were racially persecuted during the Second World War.
Krnov Synagogue Civic Association - Mariana Berlová Community House in Bruntál
7 October-11 November Sites of Suffering, Death and Heroism - Prisoners from the Czech lands in Nazi concentration camps www.mujweb.cz/www/synagogue
Municipal Library, Prague 4
October Neighbours Who Disappeared – travelling exhibition of the Jewish Museum in Prague
As part of this project, young people aged between 12-18 search for those who vanished from their neighbourhoods during the Second World War.
Museum Podkrkonoší in Trutnov
31 October-13 November History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia and Jewish Customs and Traditions – travelling exhibitions of the Jewish Museum in Prague
Regional Museum in Žatec November - January History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia and Jewish Customs and Traditions
Respect and Tolerance Association – Mohelnice Museum
until the end of 2006 There Was Once a World
Period photographs, texts and three-dimensional objects documenting the history of the Jewish communities in Loštice, Mohelnice and Úsov.
Palmovka Synagogue in Prague – SERPENS Association
until 8 October Jiří Sozanský: Clasped in Gates
Art installation inspired by the texts of the Old Testament.
Úštěk Synagogue
until 31 October Petr Hermann and Karel Pech: Landscape and Landscape Details
Photography of the Czech Central Mountains.
Zadní (Rear) Synagogue in Třebíč 1 November-30 December History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia and Jewish Customs and Traditions
East - Slovakian Museum Kosice
5 October – 19 November The Man Who Never Gave Up - The Story of Josef Polák (1886-1945)
The exhibition introduces life stories of the almost completely forgotten man who built a world famous institution from the small Prague Jewish museum.


Jewish Museum in Prague – Spanish Synagogue
17 October, 9 p.m. Katka Kolcová-Tlustá: Traditional Klezmer Songs
Concert and CD presentation - Katryna: Klezmer Inspiration
Guests include Canadian DJ and musician Socalled, Spiritual Quintet member Jiří Tichota, among others. Organized by Steepforest in association with the Jewish Museum in Prague, MOFFOM and Space and Profit, Merchandising Services
Jewish Museum in Prague – Education and Culture Centre
31 October, 6 p.m. NIKITOV - a Dutch/American acoustic quartet that plays Yiddish songs with elements of Gypsy Jazz.
Roxy/NoD Experimental space
12 October, 8 p.m. ŠARBILACH - Jaromír Vogel Orchestra Big band fusion of classical, popular and ethnic music with Jewish roots, featuring works by the composer and artistic director of the orchestra J. Vogel performed by vocalist and instrumental soloists and a forty-member orchestra, conducted by Václav Kalenda. www.klubroxy.cz


Music on Film – Film on Music (MOFFOM), 18-22 October
Lucerna, Světozor, Ponrepo, Evald, Municipal Library, French Institute, Spanish Synagogue
Over the course of five days, the third Music on Film - Film on Music will present a host of unique films, documentaries, video clips, as well as concerts, film screenings with live music, workshops, parties and panel discussions with international artists.
Programme selection:
Kino Lucerna - 20 October Der Golem (dir. Paul Wegener, 1922) - classic silent film with live music accompaniment by the klezmer-hip-hop legend Socalled and others.
CINEGOGA / CINEGOGUE PROJECT Occasional presentations of films dealing with Jewish culture, history and religion at the Spanish Synagogue:
19 October, 9 p.m., From Shtetl to Swing (Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir, 2005, USA, France)
21 October, 9 p.m., Crossing Channels: Composers of Terezin (Simon Broughton, U.K., Czech Republic, 1994)
22 October, 9 p.m., Ladino (Rina Papish, 2005, Israel), Chants pour un Shabbat (Izza Genini, 1991, Morocco, France)
Unconventional Autumn of Jiří Hošek 2006, 14 September - 16 November
4 October, 4.30 p.m. Tribute to Franz Kafka
M. Nostitz Quartet, Zdenka Procházková-Hartman - recital
New Jewish Cemetery – Ceremonial Hall
Programme at www.zizkov.cz
Prague Theater Festival of the German Language / Prager Theaterfestival deutscher Sprache, 3-19 November
Viola - 8 and 9 November, 7 p.m. An audience with Lenka Reinerová, a 90-year-old legend of German-Jewish culture in Prague who survived persecution under two totalitarian regimes. She will be reminiscing about the important moments of her life.
Divadlo na Vinohradech - 10 November, 7 p.m., Otto Tausig – Kasperl, Kummerl, Jud - a protagonist of the Vienna Burgtheater and many German-speaking theatres, engagingly recounts and sings about his eventful life which reflects the artistic and social history of the 20th century.
Divadlo Reduta
28 October-30 November Kladovo – Escape to Palestine
An exhibition of photographs documenting the fate of Jewish refugees who embarked on the difficult journey to Palestine in December 1939. Prepared by the National Theatre in Brno in association with the Jewish Museum of Vienna.
Divadlo Reduta
29 October, 7 p.m. SHALOM - André Ochodlo & The Atelier Klezmer Band
The most famous and most beautiful Yiddish songs performed by Marek Czerniewicz
Jiří Mahen Library
15 November-1 December - An exhibition of books with focus on Jewish monuments, published by ERA.
The Jewish Community of Brno - Past and Present
An exhibition on the history of the Jewish community in Brno, from their first settlement in the 13th century through to the present.
www.kjm.cz, www.zob.cz
Jewish Community of Brno
15 November, 5 p.m. - Jaroslav Klenovský - Jewish Quarters in Southern Moravia: History and Renovation
A lecture on a unique phenomenon which attracts the interest of foreign tourists and local admirers of historical monuments.
Brno City Museum
17 November-17 December Pedro Roth-– artistic photography by the Argentine Jewish photographer Pedro Roth, featuring the Jewish community of Argentina. In cooperation with the Argentine Embassy
Divadlo Reduta
17 November , 7 p.m. Czech Cabaret in Terezín
A presentation based on a hitherto unknown cabaret that was written in the Terezín ghetto in the spring of 1944 by the prisoners Felix Porges, Vítězslav “Pidla” Horpatzký and Pavel Weissenstein, with texts by Pavel Stránský, evidently inspired by the Liberated Theatre of Jiří Voskovec and Jan Werich which was popular between the wars. The cabaret was put on in Terezín by ten performers, including the famous post-war opera singer Karel Berman.
Hannelore Brenner-Wonschick: The Girls from Room 28
Stage reading - Friendship, Hope and Survival in Terezín.Translated by Iva Kratochvílová and Lenka Šedová, published by Barrister & Principal. This book provides a riveting picture of the fate of a dozen girls who went through Terezín. Their urgent testimonies from diaries and quotations from Holocaust survivors are complemented by extracts from historical documents.
Divadlo Reduta
A concert of works by Terezín composers - Premiere 18 November, 7 p.m., repeated performances on 19 and 22 November, 7 p.m.
Gideon Klein: Trio, Viktor Ullmann: Three Hebrew Boys Choruses, Hans Krása: Brundibár
The first part of the concert includes a ballet dance rendition of the Gideon Klein Trio choreographed by Zdeněk Prokeš. The next part of the concert features works by Viktor Ullmann as performed by the Brno Children’s Choir under the baton of Valerie Maťašová. The composition Three Hebrew Boys Choruses was written, 1943 in Terezín. The children’s opera Brundibár was composed by Hans Krása and written by Adolf Hoffmeister, 1938. A simple story of children who have to find money to pay for medicine for their sick mother, it was first performed in Prague, 1941, but only twice and in secret, as Jews were banned from cultural activities at the time. Hans Krása was deported to the Terezín ghetto in August 1942; he was soon followed by many of his colleagues and child performers. The opera was rehearsed in the ghetto and performed a total of 55 times there between 1943-44.
20 November, 7:30 p.m. Arnošt Goldflam: SMLOUVA / THE CONTRACT
In his plays and productions, A. Goldflam often deals with subject matter and topics from the Bible, which he reinterprets and situates in the present day. Directed by Ondřej Elbel.
Janáčkovo divadlo
21 November, 7 p.m. – Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Ballet Set to Music by 20th Century Composers
Choreographer Libor Vaculík has focused on the theme of human sacrifice and audaciously combined the music of Stravinsky with the Holocaust, a historical event that shocks and provokes the human conscience and mind to this day. The concert includes ballets set to music by Janáček and Ravel. Libretto by Zdeněk Prokeš and Libor Vaculík, choreographed and directed by Libor Vaculík, conducted by Jan Štych.
21 November, 7:30 p.m. HaChucpa
The Soubor HaChucpa was founded in 1997 at HaDivadlo. The name is derived from "chutzpa", meaning audacity, and it is with audacity that they have ventured to follow on from an almost defunct tradition of Jewish culture in Brno, to create an authentic revival and presentation of Jewish music, Yiddish and Hebrew songs, klezmer and stage readings of Jewish literature.
Jiří Mahen Library
22 November, 5 p.m. Petr Weber - History of the Jewish Community in Brno
From the first verified reports on the Jews in the area of Brno from the period of Přemysl Otakar II through to the present.
Janáčkovo divadlo
22 November-12 December - Photography of Jewish Monuments in Southern Moravia
Two collections of photography by two different photographers - colourful pictures by architect J. Klenovský which show artistic details of the most famous of preserved monuments of Jewish culture in Southern Moravia and black-and-white poetic pictures by the artistic photographer P. Heřman, which depict the nooks and crannies of the Jewish quarter in Třebíč.
Divadlo Husa na provázku
23 November, 5:30 p.m. Cooking Soup – stage reading
Divadlo U stolu
23 November, 7:30 p.m. Isaac Bashevis Singer: TAIBELE AND HER DEMON
An entertaining and humorous yet moving and wistful love story written by I. B. Singer, a Nobel Prize winner and one of the most original of contemporary prose writers. Translated, dramatized and directed by Antonín Přidal.
Museum of Roma Culture
9 November, 4 p.m. Apparently We Were Lucky – a meeting with Jewish and Roma survivors of the Holocaust.
A meeting with people from two groups which were the most racially persecuted by the Nazis and which often helped each other to cope with their suffering.
Divadlo U stolu
24 November, 7:30 p.m. Máša Kubátová in concert
A performance of mainly Russian and Jewish songs by this distinctive singer.


Jewish Community of Prague / Jewish Museum in Prague
THOSE WERE THE DAYS, 5 November, 4 p.m., Maiselova 18
Concert version of the musical by Z. Mlotek and M. Rosenfeld, performed by The Dora Wassermann Yiddish Theatre of Montreal.
Divadlo Minor – Small Stage
DÍRA VE ZDI / HOLE IN THE WALL - based on stories by Etgar Keret, Premiere on 26 November, repeated performances on 28, 29, 30 November and 5, 6 December
The production is in association with students of the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre of DAMU. Directed by Petra Tejnorová and Petr Hašek.
Divadlo Na Fidlovačce
Franz Werfel: JACOBOWSKI A PLUKOVNÍK / JACOBOWSKI AND THE COLONEL, 13 and 26 October, 15 and 23 November, 7:30 p.m.
A play written by the Prague-born Franz Werfel (1890-1945) in 1942. Directed by J. Deák.
J. Stein, J. Bock, S. Harnick: ŠUMAŘ NA STŘEŠE / FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Premiere on 28 October, repeated performances on 30 October, 1, 19 November, 7:30 p.m. and 26 November, 3 p.m.
A revived premiere of the world famous musical in which the parents of five daughters attempt to make matches for them. Starring T. Töpfer and E. Balzerová, directed by J. Deák, choreography by J. Vašáková and M. Pacek.
Divadlo pod Palmovkou
Leopold Lahola: SKVRNY NA SLUNCI / SPOTS ON THE SUN, 24 October, 7:30 p.m.
Many dramas have a strong story but only a few tell them in such an absorbing way and with such humour. Directed by J. Přibil.
Divadlo v Dlouhé
A comedy on creation and martyrdom. Directed by H. Burešová.
Divadlo v Dlouhé - Klicperovo divadlo, Hradec Králové - Jewish Museum in Prague
Arnošt Goldflam: DÁMSKÁ ŠATNA / LADIES CLOAKROOM, 23 October, 7 p.m.
A new play written and directed by Arnošt Goldflam which takes you into the mysterious, mystical and exciting world of the ladies’ cloakroom.
Divadlo Viola
MOŽNÁ PŘIJDE WOODY! / WOODY MIGHT COME - Premiere at the beginning of December
During an evening of comedy, the audience, together with three actors (two men and one beautiful woman), await the possible arrival of Woody Allen, who has apparently promised to turn up. Written and directed by Patrik Hartl, with music by Emil Viklický.
LILIAN MALKINA round and happy and... 7 October, 8 p.m.
Lyra Pragensis in Divadlo Inspirace
Yitzak Bar - Yosef: SIMON, 12 October, 7 p.m.
A unique showcase for Rudolf Pellar’s acting talents - the story of Simon, an eternal optimist with a distinct philosophy of life and humour. Directed by O. Strusková.
The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, Ostrava
Jávori Ferenc: PURIM or Choice of Fate, Premiere 25 and 29 November, 7 p.m., at Divadlo Antonína Dvořáka, repeat performances on 5 and 8 December, 7 p.m., at Divadlo Jiřího Myrona
A contemporary dance rendition of the Book of Esther story. The Czech premiere of a drama about the love of freedom and the power of self-sacrifice by the Hungarian choreographer William Fomin.

lectures & discussions

Jewish Museum in Prague – Education and Culture Centre
19 and 26 October, 6 p.m. Theatre in Terezín, 1945-2006. Two meetings with the American researcher Lisa Peschel based on interviews and archive testimonies. Comments by Dr. J. Milotová, (Institute of the Terezín Initiative) and Dr. E. Šormová (Theatre Institute, author of the book Divadlo v Terezíně [Theatre in Terezín], 1941-45.
Museum of the Kroměříž Region
15 November Jews and Moravia XIII
The 13th conference charting the past and present of the Jewish population in Moravia and Silesia. Professional and private researchers will be presenting papers on the history of individual Jewish communities, commemorating important personages of Jewish descent, and dealing with issues relating to heritage protection and architecture. As usual, a large portion of the papers will be focusing on the Holocaust period and the difficult new beginnings for communities and individuals after 1945.
Jewish community of Liberec
5 October, 5 p.m. - The First Jews under the Jizersky Mountains – 16th-18th centuries - PhDr. M. Lhotová
9 October, 5 p.m. - Sukkot + Traditional Ceremonies from Birth until Adulthood - Mgr. M. Malá
2 November, 5 p.m. - Two Expulsions of Jews from Liberec, 1790-1848 - PhDr. M. Lhotová
6 November, 5 p.m. - The Jewish Calendar + The Jewish Wedding - Mgr. M. Malá
4 December, 5 p.m. - Chanukah + Prayer - Mgr. M. Malá
7 December, 5 p.m. - The Establishment of Jewish Communities in Liberec and Jablonec nad Nisou, 1850s-1870s - PhDr. M. Lhotová
OLAM - Judaica Society, Holešov
6 October, 5:30 p.m. - Palestine - The Promised Land - L. Švihálek
20 October, 5:30 p.m. - The Bible in the Jewish and Christian Traditions - J. Šipka
3 November, 5:30 p.m. - Difficult Places in the Old Testament - J. Beneš
17 November, 5:30 p.m. - The Meaning and Message of Biblical Names - B. Muráň
1 December, 5:30 p.m. - The Prophet Elijah - Z. Martasek
15 December, 5:30 p.m. - The Value of the Old Testament for the Present Day - J. Kuben

social events

Jewish Museum in Prague – Education and Culture Centre
13 November, 6 p.m. Gottfried Wagner: He Who Doesn’t Howl with the Wolf - a meeting with the author on the occasion of the publication of a Czech translation of his autobiography.
Praha - Cáchy/Aachen Society - Marble Hall of Clam-Gallas Palace
26 October, 7 p.m. - D. Veselská (Jewish Museum in Prague), E. Friedlander (Memorial Scrolls Trust): The Second Life of Czech Torah Scrolls. Czech Torah scrolls and binders from the Memorial Scrolls Trust in London and the Jewish Museum in Prague.
This lecture charts the fate of the Torah scrolls and binders which were sold abroad by the then Communist Government in 1964.
With the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture, research was recently carried out on the fate of the entire collection. The lecture is accompanied by music performed by violinist A. Shonert.

Czech centres

Czech Centre in Stockholm
Sweden and the Holocaust, 2005-2007
Czech Centre in Dresden - Jewish Community
6 October-5 November - Synagogues in Bohemia and Moravia
An exhibition of photographs presenting the past and present of Bohemian and Moravian synagogues. Prepared in association with B. Rozkošná of the Matana Association.
Czech Centre in Warsaw - Synagoga im. malzenstwa Nozykow
8 November-31 December - Synagogues in Bohemia and Moravia


The embassy of the Czech Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina has prepared a presentation of the Jewish Museum in Prague’s touring exhibition Long-Lost Faces in several places across Bosnia and Herzegovina for September-December.
The Obecní dům Brno [Brno Municipal House] and Slovinsko – česká liga [Slovenia – Czech League) societies have prepared the exhibition Jewish Architects from Brno III - Arnošt Wiesner in the Maribor Synagogue, December 2-31.
The Jewish Museum in Prague will be taking part in the 58th Annual Frankfurt Book Fair, 4-8 October, and in the Pisa Book Festival, which this year is focusing special attention on the Czech Republic, 13-15 October.
*In Czech unless otherwise noted.


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