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mARCH 2009

Monday 2 March, 6 p. m.: The Synagogues of Bohemia within the Course of Centuries from Gothic to Functionalism, Their Typical Building Elements and Decoration Motifs. A lecture by Blanka Rozkošná from the new series of lectures Jewish Monuments in Bohemia and Moravia.

Tuesday 3 March, 6 p. m.: An Evening with Ruth Bondyová, Songs and Karel Poláček. A literary evening with songs. Performing: Hana Frejková – vocal, Michael Hromek – guitar. Admission CZK 60

Monday 9 March, 6 p. m.: The Conflict in Gaza through the Eyes of the Inhabitants of the Border Town Sderot. A lecture by Ing. Karel Sedláček, the executive director of the Czech branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ CR), who worked as a reporter in Sderot for 12 days during the conflict in Gaza.

Tuesday 10 March, 6 p. m.: Through the Eyes of a Child– the Presentation of a Diary from 1942 of a native of Vsetín, Ilse Reiner-Eichnerová. The diary was published as a book by Diakonie Vsetín. Ilsa had undergone the selection in Auschwitz and survived the death march, since 1947 she has been living in the USA. Ilsa´s friends Helga Hošková and Marta Kottová are taking part in the evening, which is moderated by Petr Brod and Monika Žárská. Admission free

Wednesday 11 March, 6 p. m.: The Fundamentals of Judaism in the Interpretation of the Maharal of Prague. A series of lectures given by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic, dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Judah Liva ben Bezalel.

Thursday 12 March, 6 p. m.: The Jews in Pre-Islamic Arabia and at the Dawning of Islam. A lecture by Daniel Boušek, PhD from the Institute of Near Eastern and African Studies at Charles University in Prague.

Tuesday 17 March, 6 p. m.: Films of Death, Hope and Life – A series of Jewish stories from the 20th century in films. Part 6. The Counterfeiters. The film made according to the memories of prisoner Adolf Burger. Drama, Germany / Austria, 2006, 98 min. Directed by Stefan Ruzowitsky. An introduction by Miroslava Ludvíková.

Wednesday 18 March, 6 p. m.: Cabbala and Israeli Policy. A lecture by Marek Čejka, a lawyer, political scientist and specialist in Near East and Israeli policy and the author of the book “Judaism and the Policy in Israel”, and Roman Kořán, a translator and researcher in cabbalistic literature.

Thursday 19 March, 6 p. m.: A Scientific Method or a Game of “Telephone”? Oral history enables new attitudes towards modern history but it also rouses disputes. Pavel Mücke from the Institute of Contemporary History of the ASCR, Mikuláš Kroupa from the Post Bellum association and Michal Frankl from the Jewish Museum in Prague are discussing its asset for learning about our past. The evening is moderated by Petr Brod.

Monday 23 March, 6 p. m.: How the Windows Were Broken…. or Drama and Playwrights of the Czech-Jewish Movement (from the 1890s to 1930s). A lecture by Andrea Singerová, a student of the PhD programme at the Department of Theatre Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague.

Tuesday 24 March, 6 p. m.: The opening day of the exhibition The Jews in the Fight and Resistance Movement. The Resistance of Czechoslovak Jews during the Years of World War II. The exhibition will be opened by its author Zlatica Zudová-Lešková together with Eva Benešová, the chairwoman of the Association of Jewish Resistance Fighters and Soldiers.

Wednesday 25 March, 6 p. m.: The Middle East Yesterday and Today. History, the present and context. Geography, culture and religion. Jerusalem – Pesah and Easter at Almost the Same Spot. A series of lectures by Ing. Jan Neubauer.

Tuesday 31 March, 6 p. m.: Dealing with Disabilities: A Jewish Approach. An evening with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Country Director Yechiel Bar-Chaim and special needs care professionals from the United States and Israel. In English with interpretation into Czech available.

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
15 March 2009 at 2 p.m.: Arje Has a Carnival (a celebration of the funniest Jewish feast Purim)
Evil Haman, vizier of Persian king Ahasuerus wants to kill all the Jews. Will Esther the Queen succeed at preventing it? You will all come wearing masks then we will have a dance, learn a song of Purim and taste Haman’s ears.
Tour: The Old Jewish Cemetery.
Admission per person 50,- CZK

 

February 2009

Monday 2 February, 6 p.m.: The Neighbours Who Disappeared. In what does the uniqueness of the successful project, which was awarded The Golden Star of European Commission for Active European citizenship in 2008, lie? On the occasion of the new methodical publication Tribute to the Child Holocaust Victims Eva Kuželová, the lecturer of the Jewish Museum in Prague, and Marta Vančurová from the civic association The Forgotten Ones, are going to speak about the project. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 3 February, 6 p.m.: The Outline of the Development of Jewish Monuments in Bohemia and the Ways of Their Preservation. The introductory lecture of Blanka Rozkošná from the new series of lectures Jewish Monuments in Bohemia and Moravia. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 4 February, 6 p.m.: The Fundamentals of Judaism in the Interpretation of the Maharal of Prague. A series of lectures given by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic, dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the death of rabbi Judah Liva ben Bezalel (around 1525–1609). Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 11 February, 6 p.m.: On Statues and Paintings. The lecture given by Jaroslav Róna and followed by discussion on contemporary creation and arts. Arno Pařík, the curator of the exhibition, is participating in the accompanying programme to the exhibition in the Gallery of Robert Guttmann. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 12 February, 6 p.m.: “In January 1945 we could hear the gunfire, Auschwitz was being liquidated. They wanted to leave us, children, in the camp but we were afraid to stay there and pushed into the march.” The vice-chairman of the Terezín Initiative Institute Pavel Werner, the former “Birkenau boy”, remembers his experiences from the period of the World War II. Admission CZK 20

Monday 16 February, 6 p.m.: Jewish Violin of Alexander Shonert No. 2 Concert for solo violin and piano combined with presentation of a new CD. Virtuoso violinist living in Prague plays pieces by Jewish composers, adaptations of Jewish folk songs and his own compositions. Alexander Shonert – violin, Natalia Shonert – piano. Admission CZK 80

Tuesday 17 February, 6 p.m.: Righteous Among the Nations. This title is granted to those non-Jews who helped to save lives of the persecuted Jews during the World War II. The lecture of Miroslava Ludvíková deals with the fates of the Czechs who were granted the title Righteous Among the Nations. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 19 February, 6 p.m.: An Uncertain Sanctuary? Above the book of Kateřina Čapková and Michal Frankl on interwar Czechoslovakia and the refugees from the Nazism. The discussion with the authors of the book is moderated by Petr Brod. The book published by the Paseka publishing house will be sold for privileged price. Admission CZK 20

Monday 23 February, 6 p.m.: Memory of Nation. On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of establishing Czechoslovakia a unique Internet portal www.pametnaroda.cz was launched, which is documenting the stories of witnesses through the method of oral history. The portal has been built by the Post Bellum association, Czech Radio, and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. Presented by Mikuláš Kroupa and Martin Kroupa (Post Bellum). Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 24 February, 6 p.m.: Films of Death, Hope and Life - A series of Jewish stories from the 20th century in films. Part 5. The Last Butterfly: French stage mime Antoine Moreau is arrested by the Gestapo and is made to promise his performance in the ghetto of Terezín. When he finds out that the performance is to become a part of a propaganda show for the committee of the International Red Cross he decides to interpret the play “Babes in the Wood” as a parable of the reality… Drama, Czechoslovakia/ France/ Great Britain, 1990, 96 min. Directed by Karel Kachyňa. An introduction by Alice Aronová. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 26 February, 6 p.m.: The Middle East Yesterday and Today. History, the present and context. Geography, culture and religion. How the feast Purim is celebrated – in the Centre of Jerusalem and in Mea Shearim as well. A series of lectures by Ing. Jan Neubauer presents the regions of the Middle East without unnecessary gloss and without black frames. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
11 february 2009 at 2 p.m.: Arje Celebrates Tu Bishvat
(The New Year of Trees). We will talk together why the Jews in Israel plant new trees on this day. We will learn a song, have a dance and taste some fruits the Promised Land is flowing with.
Tour: The Old Jewish Cemetery.
Admission per person 50,- CZK

 

January 2009

Wednesday 7 January, 6 p.m.: The Fundamentals of Judaism in the Interpretation of the Maharal of Prague. A series of lectures given by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic, dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the death of rabbi Judah Liva ben Bezalel (around 1525 – 1609). Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 13 January, 6 p.m.: Mája Dohnalová: A Girl Who Was Born in May. She leaves for Lodz with all her family in the fourth Prague transport. In August 1944 after the liquidation of the ghetto she gets into Auschwitz II Birkenau. Shortly after that she is transported to Hannover but due to bombing attacks on German territory the destination of the transport is Bergen-Belsen. On St. Nicholas´s Day 1944 she leaves for a satellite camp in the village of Mehltheuer at Plavno where she is set free. Miroslava Ludvíková, lecturer in topics relating to anti-Semitism and the Shoah, will be talking to Mája Dohnalová. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 15 January, 6 p.m.: Arnošt Goldflam: Fairytales about Daddy and Other Horrors.... A writer, director, playwright, scriptwriter, actor, TV entertainer, teacher and last but not least father has published three books of fairy tales and stories so far for small and adult readers as well. Besides the examples of the texts that have been published and also those that have not been published either the author will be answering searching questions from audience. Admission CZK 20

Monday 19 January, 6 p.m.: The Band KLEZMERIM – Klezmorim, formerly wandering musicians, used to play at various celebrations, weddings and bar-micvahs. Also today they play Jewish songs and melodies of religious and sacral themes at Jewish weddings, opening of exhibitions of Jewish artists and at festivals of Jewish music. Admission CZK 60

Tuesday 20 January, 6 p.m.: Films of Death, Hope and Life - A series of Jewish stories from the 20th century in films. Part 4. The Chronicle of the Uprising according to Mark Edelman: A Documentary film compiled from the narration of the last leader of the uprising in Warsaw ghetto – Mark Edelman. The memories are completed with the shots from the life in the ghetto that were taken by Germans. The slow-motion shots materialize the fates of the people in the ghetto. Documentary, Poland, 1993, 76 min. Directed by Jolanta Dylewska. An introduction by Miroslava Ludvíková. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 22 January, 6 p.m.: The Jewish Czechoslovak Party was founded in January 1919 at the conference of the National Jewish Committee and it later gained seats in the National Assembly. Moderator Petr Brod invites Marie Crhová (lecturer of the Institute of Jewish Studies, Olomouc) and David Borek (historian and journalist) to the talk on the party’s history, sense and importance. Admission CZK 20

Monday 26 January, 6 p.m.: Paul Spiegel: At Home Again? The chairman of the Central Committee of the Jews in Germany, who passed away two years ago, wrote in his book not only about controversial home-coming of the Jews to post-war Germany but also about difficulty of building up democracy in defeated Germany and about arduous reconciliation of Germans to their own past. The book along with its translators Eva and Pavel Dobšíks will be introduced by writer Ivan Klíma. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 29 January, 6 p.m.: The Middle East Yesterday and Today. History, the present and context. Geography, culture and religion. The Palestinian Problem II. Arafat´s Ramallah, the divided town of Hebron and suicidal Nabullus. A series of lectures by Jan Neubauer presents the regions of the Middle East without unnecessary gloss and without black frames. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
11 January 2009 at 2 p.m.: Arje is not lazy at all, he has Sabbath.
Why don´t the Jews work on Saturday And what do they do all the day long? We will prepare a Sabbath banquet, bake chala – Sabbath bread, and light Sabbath candles. We will sing a song to welcome the Sabbath and experience a bit of the Sabbath, on which there is no boredom at all.
Tour: The Klausen Synagogue.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

December 2008

Tuesday 2 December, 6 p.m.: Cantor Blum: Forgotten Voice of Jerusalem Synagogue in Prague. Extraordinary voice, extraordinary fate. A commemorative evening dedicated to Ladislav Moshe Blum, the cantor of the Jerusalem Synagogue in 1963-1994 and the last big Czech synagogue singer of the pre-war generation. In the course of the evening the new CD Forgotten Voice… compiled from his unique personal recordings, which was discovered not long ago will be presented. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 3 December, 6 p.m.: Max Brod (1884 – 1968). A commemorative evening dedicated to the Prague native, a writer, publicist, translator and also a composer, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his death. During the evening selections of Brod´s musical works will be presented. German scholar Barbora Šámalová and musicologist Antonín Matzner will be taking part in the performance. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 4 December, 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. A series of lectures given by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. The last article No. XIII: I definitely believe that there will be a revival of the dead at a time as it pleases the Creator, blessed be His name and exalted His mention forever and ever. Admission CZK 20

Monday 8 December, 6 p.m.: Hedvika Novotná (Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Humanity Studies) Czechoslovak Jews remember the post-war era. Lecture from the series The Jewish minority in post-war Czechoslovakia. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 9 December, 6 p.m.: From the Inhospitable Native Country to Many Promised LandsPetr Brod speaks about the share of the Jews in emigration waves from Czechoslovakia after the radical political changes that took place in 1948 and 1968. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 10 December, 6 p.m.: Blanka Soukupová (Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Humanity Studies) Jewish Religious Communities in Czech Lands between Judaism and Loyalty to the Regime. The final lecture from the series The Jewish minority in post-war Czechoslovakia. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 11 December, 6 p.m.: The Middle East Yesterday and Today. History, the present and context. Geography, culture and religion. We Shall Go to Bethlehem Together. The town of the Christmas tradition being held as a hostage. Bethlehem, Christmas, and the Church of the Nativity. A series of lectures by Ing. Jan Neubauer presents the regions of the Middle East without unnecessary gloss and without black frames. Admission CZK 20

Monday 15 December, 6 p.m.: Nigun – Hebrew, Sephardic and Yiddish songs and violin improvisations. Věra Nerušilová – vocal, Alexander Shonert – violin, Natalie Shonert – piano. Admission CZK 60

Tuesday 16 December, 6 p.m.: Films of Death, Hope and Life – A series of Jewish stories from the 20th century in films. Part 3. Andrzej Munk: The Passenger: Former Nazi wardress Lisa sails from America to Germany. In England a woman that reminds Lisa of her past joins the ship. Lisa gets back into the past and she defends her actions at that time in front of her unsuspecting husband and herself as well. Drama, Poland, 1963, 58 min. Cast: Aleksandra Slaská, Anna Ciepielewská, Janusz Bylczynski, Krystyna Dubielownaová, Anna Golebiowska. Ryszard Czekala: Apel. The first Polish animated film on the Holocaust. Is it better to die humiliated or with head held high? Animated, Poland, 1970, 7 min. An introduction by Miroslava Ludvíková. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 17 December, 6 p.m.: The Hebrew Bible and Ancient Myths: New Views, New Evaluations. Since the 1990s there has been a stream in biblistics that appreciates the myth again as an adequate and inextirpable expression of human spirituality. Part 4 and the final one: Reports on Prophecy, Fortune-telling and Veneration of Astral Bodies. The western-Semitic myths help us to understand biblical and post-biblical texts. A course of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová Admission CZK 20

Thursday 18 December, 6 p.m.: Let Us Go Together to the Museum … Talking with workers from the Jewish Museum in Prague about their work. Part 9 and the final one – Jewish Museum Exhibitions.. Arno Pařík – curator of the exhibition department, Miroslava Ludvíková – ECC’s travelling exhibitions. Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
14 December 2008 at 2 p.m.: Eight Lights (Chanukah)
Why does the Chanukah lamp have eight arms? And why do they eat doughnuts and potato pancakes at Chanukah? Who are the Maccabees really? We will light the Chanukah lamp, play the drejdel, taste doughnuts and learn a Chanukah song.
Tour: The Spanish Synagogue.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

November 2008

Monday 3 November, 6 p.m.: The KLEC band (vocal, flute, saxophone, accordion, bass guitar, solo guitar, drums) with the selection influenced by Klezmer and with front man Martin Šmíd’s own compositions. Admission CZK 50

Tuesday 4 November, 6 p.m.: Kelly and Vilma Iggers (Toronto, Canada), The Post-war Fates of Czechoslovak Jews in Emigration – a Sample of Canada. A lecture from the series The Jewish minority in post-war Czechoslovakia. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 5 November, 6 p.m.: Baluty, Lodz, Europe – Ghettos Yesterday and Today. The presentation of the common project of director Pavel Štingl, photographer Karel Cudlín and the Education and Culture Centre of the Jewish Museum in Prague. This new travelling project of the Centre consists of the film Ghetto by Name Baluty, a photographic exhibition Report on Lodz and an accompanying programme (discussions with eyewitnesses, and on contemporary forms of the anti-Semitism). Admission CZK 20

Thursday 6 November, 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. A series of lectures given by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Article XII: I definitely believe in the coming of the Messiah; and although He may tarry, I daily hope for His coming. Admission CZK 20

Monday 10 November, 6 p.m.: „Krystalnacht“ in the Sudetenland and the Czech Society. On the anti-Jewish pogrom and its consequences, with historian Michal Frankl. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 11 November, 6 p.m.: Eliška and Gideon Kleins: The Life Played by Sight. The presentation of the book published by the G plus G Publishing House about two notables of Czech music from the 20th century. Listening to the authentic record of E. Kleinová’s narration, selections from G. Klein’s musical work performed by pianist Aneta Majerová, and memories of their students and friends will be a part of the evening. Also Peter Ambros, the author of the book, will give a talk. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 18 September, 6 p.m.: Let Us Go Together to the Museum… Talking with workers from the Jewish Museum in Prague about their work. Part 8 – Archive of the Museum. Vlastimila Hamáčková – head of the Archive, Lucie Petrusová – specialist. Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 20 November, 6 p.m.: Golem in Rabbi, Medieval, and Modern Thinking – Problems of Cloning. A lecture given by Tomáš Kučera, Rabbi of Munich Liberal Community Beth Shalom. The course of lectures on Judaism and Ethics. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 25 November, 6 p.m.: Films of Death, Hope and Life - A series of Jewish stories of the 20th century in films. Part 2 - Liev Screiber: Entirely Illuminated. Jonathan is a collector. He does not collect just anything: he preserves family memories. Photographs, picture post-cards, sets of false teeth, soil. He sets off to the Ukraine in order to find a woman who saved his grandfather’s life. Drama, comedy, USA, 2005, 106 min. Cast: Eugene Hutz, Elijah Wood, Ljubomir Dezera, Jonathan Safran Foer, Gil Kazimirov, Zuzana Hodková. An introduction by Miroslava Ludvíková. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 26 November, 6 p.m.: The Hebrew Bible and Ancient Myths: New Views, New Evaluations. Since the 1990s there has been a stream in biblistics that appreciates the myth again as an adequate and inextirpable expression of human spirituality. Part 3: The myths of Creation, Primordial Chaos, Sea Beings and Sacred Space: God JHWH as a both Creator and Fighter. The western-Semitic myths help us to understand biblical and post-biblical texts. A course of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 27 November, 6 p.m.: The Middle East Yesterday and Today. History, the present, and context. Geography, culture and religion. The Palestinian Problem: Terrorism, or the Right of Self-determination? Series of lectures by Jan Neubauer presents the regions of the Middle East without unnecessary gloss and without black frames. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
16 November 2008 at 2 p.m.: Arje invites you to a wedding.A lesson on how Jacob married the wrong bride and what happened after that. Could it happen to Arje as well?
Tour: The Spanish Synagogue.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

October 2008

Thursday 2 October, 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. A series of lectures given by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Article XI: I definitely believe that the Creator, blessed be His name, rewards those that keep His commandments and punishes those that transgress His commandments. Admission CZK 20

Monday 6 October, 6 p.m.: Ancient and beguiling melodies of the Jewish wedding as well as unique songs in the Yiddish language in interpretation of the Prostějov klezmer band Flying Rabbi. Ira Lewinski (Vojtěch Pospíšil) – clarinet, Janele Rosenfeldová (Jana Dosedělová) – flute, Mordechai Katzman (Miroslav Ondra) – accordion, Baruch Auentahl (Bohumil Stoklasa) – double bass. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 8 October, 5 p.m.: Let Us Go Together to the Museum … Talking with workers from the Jewish Museum in Prague about their work. Part 8 – Textiles, metals and three-dimensional objects. Dana Veselská – curator of the textile collection. Jaroslav Kuntoš – curator of the metals collection. Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 23 October, 6 p.m.: Nezapomínání (Not Forgetting) – a premiere of Tomáš Škrdlant’s documentary film. Fragments of very personal memories of three women and two men (Maud Beer, Maja Dohnalová, Marta Kottová, Martin Glas, Pavel Werner) from their childhood during the Holocaust. A conversation with the director and actors of the film is a part of the evening. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 29 October, 6 p.m.: The Hebrew Bible and Ancient Myths: New Views, New Evaluations. Since the 1990s there has been a stream in biblistics that appreciates myths again as an adequate and inextirpable expression of human spirituality. Part 2: West Semitic heritage of Israel: gods, goddesses, cults. What was the influence of the neighbours of Israel on the formation of biblical monotheism and on the form of the biblical text? A course of lectures given by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová, PhD. Admission CZK 20

NEW SERIES:

Thursday 30 October, 6 p.m.: Films of Death, Hope and Life. A series of Jewish stories from the 20th century in films. Part 1 - Alfréd Radok: A Long Way. The first film work of Alfréd Radok, which was withdrawn shortly after its presentation. It is the story of the Kaufmann family’s deportation to Terezín and then further to the East. The film in an original way combines fiction with expressive pictures of the Terezín ghetto. Czechoslovakia 1949, 78 min. Direction: Alfréd Radok. Cast: Blanka Waleská, Otomar Krejča, Zdeňka Baldová, Eduard Kohout, Rudolf Deyl Jr., Karel Effa. An introduction by film historian Alice Aronová. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
12 October 2008 at 2 p.m.: Simchat Torah (Festival when we rejoice in the Torah)
Now, all of us know what the Torah is but we will become copy typists (Sofers) and with a quill pen we will write our own Torah. We will learn some Hebrew letters, a song sung on Simchat Torah and we will dance with the Torah.
Tour: Klausen Synagogue.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

September 2008

Tuesday 2 September, 6 p.m.: Sarajevo – My City of Gold – a documentary film of the Jewish Community of Sarajevo from its first days in the 16th century until today – including interviews with the principal leaders during the recent Bosnian War. It is presented by Yechiel Bar-Chaim, the chairman of The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for European countries. English subtitles. Admission CZK 20

Concert of the NIKITOV band in the Spanish Synagogue
Thursday 4 September, 7 p.m.: Dutch-American acoustic quartet performs Yiddish songs of Ashkenazy Jews and Jewish songs with ingredients of gypsy jazz. The band leader singer Niki Jacobs sang with The Klezmatics. Her band-mates have played with classical, blues and jazz musicians.
 
Organized by Education and Culture Centre of the Jewish Museum in Prague. Admission CZK 80. Tickets will be available in advance in the Education Centre and on the day of the concert in front of the Spanish Synagogue from 9 a.m.
 

Monday 15 September, 6 p.m.: Tumbalajka: klezmer, folk music of Eastern Europe and moreover Gustav Mahler and Dmitri Shostakovic. Karin Sarkisjan (Armenia) – singing, Viktor Ehlscheidt (Germany) –accordion, Václav Eichler (Czech Republic) – clarinet, saxophone, tarogato. Admission CZK 50

Tuesday 16 September, 6 p.m.: Yehuda Nir: The Lost Childhood. The presentation of the book published by Millenium Publishing House. An autobiographical story of a Jewish boy who survived the Second World War under fictitious identity, took part in the Warsaw uprising and who was within an ace of death for several times. The talk with the author, professor of psychology now living in New York, is moderated and interpreted by writer Iva Pekárková. The book will be introduced by publishers Dagmar Heřtová and Petr Svoreň. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 17 September, 6 p.m.: Let Us Go Together to the Museum … Talking with workers from the Jewish Museum in Prague about their work. Part 7 – Documentation and History of the Jewish Museum in Prague. Eva Kosáková – head of the Collection Department and head of the Section of the Museum Collections, Magda Veselská – head of the documentation section. Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 18 September, 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. A series of lectures given by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Article X: I definitely believe that the Creator, blessed be His name, knows all the actions of men and all their thoughts, as it is said: He that fashioned the hearts of them all and He that considers all their works. Admission CZK 20

Monday 22 September, 6 p.m.: Dr Monika Vrzugová (The Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences) Home-comings of Slovak Jews. Lecture from the series The Jewish minority in post-war Czechoslovakia. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 24 September, 6 p.m.: The Hebrew Bible and Ancient Myths: New Views, New Evaluations. Since the 1990s there has been a stream in biblistics that appreciates a myth again as an adequate and inextirpable expression of human´s spirituality. Part 1: The myth of the so-called matriarchy, the myth of a sacred marriage, the myth of Miriam of Magdala called Maria Magdalena. A new course of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová, PhD. Connected with a presentation of proceedings of lectures held in the Education and Culture Centre called Women in the Bible, Women Today that has just been published. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 25 September, 6 p.m.: The Middle East Yesterday and Today. History, present and context. Geography, culture and religion. Yemen – Sokotra The Island of Dragon´s Blood and Sun Birds. A series of lectures by Ing Jan Neubauer presents the regions of the Middle East without unnecessary gloss and without black frames. Accompanied by photo screening. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
7 September 2008 at 2 p.m.: Arje is celebrating the New Year (Rosh Hashanah)
Why do the Jews begin the year in autumn? What is a shofar? Why do they eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah? What is in the book Arje is so carefully reading? And why are there no pictures in it? Come to draw a book for Arje.
Tour: Klausen Synagogue.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

June 2008

Monday 2 June, 6 p.m.: Midddle East Yesterday and Today. History, presence and context. Geography, culture and religion. Yom Jerusalem – In the footsteps of an inquiring visitor. Series of lectures by Jan Neubauer present the regions of the Middle East without unnecessary gloss and without a black frame. Accompanied by photo screening. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 5 June, 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. Series of lectures by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Article IX: I believe with perfect faith that this Law will never be changed, and there will never be another Law from the Creator, blessed be His Name. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 12 June, 6 p.m.: Jewish Magic. Black magic, white magic, ghosts and exorcism in the age of the Talmud. The last of two lectures by Blanka Dohnalová (lecturer at the Ludwig- Maxmilian Universität in Munich). Admission CZK 20

Monday 16 June, 6 p.m.: Peter Salner (The Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences) Jewish Religious Communities in Slovakia from 1945 to 1953 (among Judaism, Communism and Zionism). Lecture from the series The Jewish minority in post-war Czechoslovakia. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 17 June, 6 p.m.: A Treasury of Jewish Songs offers rare songs of the Israeli people, the nation of the Bible. Rich and wise Jewish tradition gives several ways on how to live and survive in today’s world – one of these ways is by playing Jewish songs. ESTER plays them, loves them and considers them to be treasures, which are worth sharing. Admission CZK 60

Wednesday 18 June, 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Volume XVI. Jewish Feministic Theology: Unity and Diversity (Judith Plaskow, Lynn Gottlieb, Blu Greenberg, Shoni Labowitz) – Part 2. Heroines of the Tanach rendered by traditional rabbi male commentators and contemporary feministic commentators. A course of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 19 June, 6 p.m.: Pojďme spolu do muzea... / Let’s all go to the museum... A talk with the employees of the Jewish Museum in Prague about their work; accompanied by interesting illustrations. Part 5 – Library. Alena Jelínková – head of the Library, Michal Bušek – Judaist, Silvia Singerová - Hebraist. Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
15 June 2008 at 2 p.m.: Arje is moving
Arje used to live in the Old Jewish Town in Prague. Suddenly the town council decided to rebuild the whole quarter. Help Arje to find places he knows and a new place to stay, with the help of a map and pictures.
Tour: Maisel synagogue, Jewish Town, perhaps other synagogues, if they are in Arje’s map.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

May 2008

Tuesday 6 May at 6 p.m.: Mishpaha: Concert and talking devoted to the holiday Yom Haacmaut – Day of Israeli Independence. Admission CZK 60

Monday 12 May at 6 p.m.: “Emancipation from the Jews” a presentation of Michal Frankl´s new book on Czech anti-Semitism at the end of the 19th century, followed by a discussion with the author. Presented by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 13 May at 6 p.m.. Children of Maisel Street – Jewishness during the period of the political thaw. Lecture by Alena Heitlinger (Department of Sociology, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada), author of the book „In the Shadows of the Holocaust and Communism“, about a generation of Czech and Slovak Jews, who matured in the 1960s, about the past and current experiences of people, who during the period of a political thaw declared their belonging to the Prague Jewish community. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 14 May at 6 p.m.: The 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel -The Beginnings of Zionism and the Creation of Israel. The lecture will be given by Rabbi Ron Hoffberg (of Masorti Czech Republic, a conservative Jewish community based in Prague). Lecture will be in English and interpreted into Czech. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 15 May at 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. Series of lectures by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Articl VIII: I definitely believe that this entire Torah in our hands today is the same as that, which was given to Moshe Our Teacher, may he rest in peace. Admission CZK 20

Monday 19 May at 6 p.m.: Let’s all go to the museum... A talk with the employees of the Jewish Museum in Prague about their work; accompanied by interesting illustrations. Part 4 – Holocaust department. Jana Šplíchalová – Department Head, Anita Franková – Curator of the department’s archive. Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 20 May at 6 p.m.: Ruth Bondy: Tiny Consolations. A Czech writer and translator living in Israel presents her new book in which she writes in her gripping and unmistakeable way about marriage, growing old, feminism, the sorrows and joys of creation, and how to keep mental health in a country where terrorist attacks are part of daily reality. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 21 May at 6 p.m.: Arnošt Goldflam: Author’s reading from the play At the Hitlers´ (nominated in 2008 for Alfréd Radok´s Award in the category of Best Czech Play of the Year). Part of Kafka / Borges – Prague / Buenos Aires Biennial; organized in cooperation with the Franz Kafka Association. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 22 May at 6 p.m.: Do We Really Have a Soul? – Development of the notion of a soul in Judaism, part 2. Lecture by Tomáš Kučera, rabbi of the Beth Shalom liberal community in Munich. Chronological development of the notion from the Torah until today. Part of a cycle Judaism and Ethics. Admission CZK 20

Monday 26 May at 6 p.m.: Blanka Soukupová (The Faculty of Humanities, Charles University) Jewish Religious Communities in the Czech Lands between Judaism and Loyalty to the Regime. Lecture from the series Jewish minority in post-war Czechoslovakia. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 28 May at 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Volume XV. Jewish Feministic Theology: Unity and Diversity (Judith Plaskow, Lynn Gottlieb, Blu Greenberg, Shoni Labowitz) – Part 1. Heroines of Tanach rendered by traditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. The course of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 29 May at 6 p.m.: Midddle East Yesterday and Today. History, presence and context. Geography, culture and religion.. Israel – Mea Shearim. Here time treads twice slowly. Series of lectures by Jan Neubauer present the regions of the Middle East without unnecessary gloss and without a black frame. Accompanied by photo screening. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
11 May 2008 at 2 p.m.: Noah´s Ark
Arje has to check whether all the animals boarded the ark and find those that got lost in the Old Jewish Cemetery. Will all of them manage to board on time?
Tour: Old Jewish Cemetery.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

April 2008

Tuesday 1 April at 6 p.m.: Strange Roots – Jana Šmídová, editor in chief of Czech Radio 6, talks to Hana Frejková, an actress and singer who has recently published an autobiography. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 3 April at 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Maimonides. Series of lectures by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Article VII. I believe with perfect faith that the prophecy of Moses, our teacher, peace be upon him, was true, and that he was the chief of the prophets, both of those who preceded him and of those who followed him. Admission CZK 20

Monday 7 April at 6 p.m.: Back to Purim. A concert and narration about Purim with Hana Frejková – singing, Michal Hromek – guitar. Admission CZK 60

Thursday 10 April at 6 p.m.: Jewish witchcraft in the times of Talmud seen through the remarks in the Babylon Talmud. The first of two lectures by Blanka Dohnalová (teacher at Ludwig-Maximilian Universität at Munich). Admission CZK 20

Thursday 17 April at 6 p.m.: Middle East Yesterday and Today. History, presence and context. Geography, culture and religion. Israeli museums – let’s visit the Israeli and Rockefeller Museum, Yad Vashem as well as lesser known places. Series of lectures by Jan Neubauer present the regions of the Middle East without unnecessary gloss and without a black frame. Accompanied by photo screening. Admission CZK 20. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 23 April at 6 p.m.: The message of Egon Hostovský to his contemporary readers. Commemorative evening at the occasion of 100th anniversary of the birth of Egon Hostovský, a Czech writer of the 20th century. Presented by Vlasta Skalická and introduced by literary historian Vladimír Karfík. Excerpts from his books read by Táňa Fischerová and Jan Kačer. Part of Kafka / Borges – Prague / Buenos Aires Biennial; organized in cooperation with the Franz Kafka Association. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 24 April at 6 p.m.: Pojďme spolu do muzea... / Let’s all go to the museum... A discussion with the employees of the Jewish Museum in Prague about their work, accompanied by interesting examples. Part 3. – Jewish history and Judaism. Iveta Cermanová, Alexandr Putík – historians and Judaists. Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Monday 28 April at 6 p.m.: Helena Nosková (Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic). Relationship of post-war Czechoslovakia to the minorities: from democratisation and sovietization. A lecture from the cycle Jewish minority in post-war Czechoslovakia. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 29 April at 6 p.m.: Ivan Prokop: Nine Jewish Journeys – visiting the sites of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. Opening of an exhibition of photos from a book by Jiřina Chrastilová (Paseka publishing house), which are mapping Jewish and Christian culture in this country. Part of Kafka / Borges – Prague / Buenos Aires Biennial; organized in cooperation with the Franz Kafka Association. Refreshments.

Wednesday 30 April at 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part XIV. Shekhinah, Khokhmah, Levanah, Lilith: Searching for feminine divinity in Jewish feminism. Heroines of Tanach rendered by traditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of the heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does it have on the lives of contemporary women and men, members of Jewish-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová.

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
13 April 2008 at 2 p.m.: Arje’s friend Moses has an important task (Pesach)
Tour: Spanish and Klausen synagogues.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

 

March 2008

Monday 3 March at 6 p.m.: Sephardic songs performed and sung by Avrix music group. Ancient music of Iberian Jews who were driven away from the Iberian Peninsula in the 15th century sung in the forgotten language of ladino and accompanied by Czech translations of the lyrics. Kateřina Hájková – singing, Danuše Pospíšilová – guitar, Jan Koutný – djembe. Admission CZK 50

Tuesday 4 March at 6 p.m.: Criticism of Norman G. Finkelsteins conception of the "Holocaust Industry"– lecture by prof. MUDr. Tomáš Radil, DrSc. (Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic). Admission CZK 20

Thursday 6 March at 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. Series of lectures by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Article VII: I believe with perfect faith that the prophecy of Moses, our teacher, peace be upon him, was true, and that he was the chief of the prophets, both of those who preceded him and of those who followed him. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 11 March at 6 p.m.: The changing face of anti Semitism Presentation of a Czech translation of a book by Walter Laqueur who worked as a director of London’s Wiener Library, a leading institution in anti Semitic studies. Petruška Šustrová – book translator, Jiří Daníček – chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 20 March at 6 p.m.: Pojďme spolu do muzea... / Let’s all go to the museum... A talk with the employees of the Jewish Museum in Prague about their work accompanied by interesting examples. Part 2. – Manuscripts and rare prints. Olga Sixtová – curator, Ondřej Zatloukal – paper conservationist. Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 26 March at 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part XIII „You shall not plant for yourself an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of your God “ – female deity in Hebrew Bible. Heroines of Tanach rendered by traditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of the heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does it have on the lives of contemporary women and men, members of Jewish-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 27 March at 6 p.m.: Middle East Yesterday and Today. History, presence and context. Geography, culture and religion. Israels Tel-Aviv. A tour from Bauhaus to contemporary architecture and along the beach all the way to Old Jaffa. Series of lectures by Jan Neubauer present the regions of the Middle East without unnecessary gloss and without a black frame. Accompanied by photo screening. Admission CZK 20

Monday 31 March at 6 p.m.: Jiří Pernes (Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic). Central Europe after the Second World War – the origins and functioning of a bi-polar world. Lecture from the series Jewish minority in post-war Czechoslovakia. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
16 March 2008 at 2 p.m.: About Queen Esther (Purim – the happiest Jewish holiday)
King Ahashveros, advised by evil minister Haman, wants to kill all the Jews. Will Queen Esther manage to save them? The most beautiful princess who comes to the workshop will be given the role of the queen. Who will be the King and who will be the wise Jew Mordechai? Will evil Haman come as well? A workshop in masks.
Tour: The Klausen synagogue, 1st floor
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

February 2008

Monday 4 February at 6 p.m.: Jewish songs in various manners. Music which reflects the development of Jewish thinking from folk songs to authorial compositions in numerous languages including Czech. Kateryna Kolcová-Tlustá – singing, Milan Arner – piano, clarinet. Admission CZK 60

Thursday 7 February at 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. Series of lectures by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Article VI: I believe with perfect faith that all the words of the prophets are true. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 14 February at 6 p.m.: Czechoslovak government in exile and the Holocaust – how well was the exile government informed about the persecution of Jews and how did it react? What was the policy of president Beneš and his government towards the Nazi persecution of Jews? Lecture by Jan Láníček (historian, University of Southampton, Great Britain). Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 19 February at 6 p.m.: Pojďme spolu do muzea... / Let’s all go to the museum... A talk with the employees of the Jewish Museum in Prague about their work; accompanied by interesting illustrations. Part 1. – paintings, drawings, graphic art, photos. Michaela Hájková – curator of children’s collection of paintings from Terezín, Martin Jelínek – curator of the archive of photos of the Jewish Museum in Prague. Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 20 February at 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part XII – Derech nashim – The way of women: A woman’s body in Jewish religious law. Heroines of Tanach rendered by traditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of the heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does it have on the lives of contemporary women and men, members of Jewish-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 21 February at 6 p.m.: Do we really have a soul? – Development of the notion of a soul in Judaism, part 1. Lecture by Tomáš Kučera, rabbi of the Beth Shalom liberal community in Munich. Chronological development of the notion from the Torah until today. Part of a cycle Judaism and Ethics. Admission CZK 20

Monday 25 February at 6 p.m.: PhDr. Jan Rataj, CSc. (University of Economics, Prague): Postwar development of Czechoslovakia and the effects of its inclusion in “Eastern” Europe. Lecture from the series Jewish minority in post-war Czechoslovakia. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 27 February at 6 p.m.: Marilyn Banner: Still with Us / Stále s námi – opening of an exhibition of abstract paintings (pastel, oil paintings) and collages of an artist from Maryland, USA. (Cencelled)

Wednesday 27 February at 6 p.m.: Interrupted Prayer – opening of an exhibition of Sylva Chludilová oil paintings depicting old Jewish Mikulov atmosphere. Refreshments

Thursday 28 February at 6 p.m.: Middle East yesterday and today: Iran – country of Queen Esther. What is the Middle East? Geopolitical analysis, spheres of influence, history. Series of lectures by Jan Neubauer present the regions of the Middle East without unnecessary gloss and without a black frame. Accompanied by photo screening. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
10 February 2008 at 2 p.m.: Arje is not lazy, he observes the Sabbath.
When God created the world, he rested. When Jews completed the Temple, they rested. On Saturday, Arje rests as well.
Tour: The Old-New synagogue
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

January 2008

Thursday 10. January at 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. Series of lectures by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Article V: I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His Name, is alone worthy of being prayed to, and nothing else is worthy of prayer. Admission CZK 20

Monday 14 January at 6 p.m.: The Jewish violin of Sasha Shonert. Concert for solo violin and piano. Violin virtuoso living in Prague plays pieces by Jewish composers, adaptations of Jewish folk songs and his own compositions. Sasha Shonert - violin, Natalie Shonert - piano. Admission CZK 80

Thursday 17 January at 6 p.m.: Margo Paran: Wandering After Little Hints – opening of an exhibition of paintings, drawings and graphic art (woodcut, monotype, lithograph) of an Israeli artist and poet born in Kadaň. Refreshments

Tuesday 22 January at 6 p.m.: Hidden corners of the Holocaust: What is the testimony of the surviving Roma from former Yugoslavia about Jews – lecture by Paul Polanski, Lecture delivered by the American writer and Roma rights activist and presentation of the first two volumes of his three-part work entitled The Oral Histories of the Yugoslav Gypsies before, during and after WWII. In English with Czech translation. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 23 January at 6 p.m.: Jews in Tunisia: The Best Pictures Show – lecture by Yechiel Bar-Chaim, chairman of The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for European countries. In English with Czech translation. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 24 January at 6 p.m.: Czech Jews and the Left II - Petr Brod moderates a topical discussion about the attitude of the Communist Party to Jews and vice versa. With: Koloman Gajan (historian), Toman Brod (historian), Hana Mejdrová (historian). Admission CZK 20

Monday 28 January at 6 p.m.: Radka Čermáková (Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University): Post-war Czechoslovakia – a re-established state in Central Europe. Lecture from the series Jewish minority in post-war Czechoslovakia. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 30 January at 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part XI. – Hannah, Deborah, Yael – womens courage and its limitations. Heroines of Tanach rendered by traditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of the heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does it have on the lives of contemporary women and men, members of Jewish-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 31 January at 6 p.m.: The Middle East Yesterday and Today. From Jerusalem across the Judea desert and all the way to the Dead Sea, in the company of the Bedouins. Vadi Quilt, Saint George monastery, Jericho, Bedouin settlements, Dead Sea. Series of lectures by Jan Neubauer present the regions of the Middle East without unnecessary gloss and without a black frame. Accompanied by photo screening. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
13 January 2008 at 2 p.m.: Arje is not lazy, he observes the Sabbath.
When God created the world, he rested. When Jews completed the Temple, they rested. On Saturday, Arje rests as well.
Tour: The Klausen synagogue
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

December 2007

Tuesday 4 December at 6 p.m.: Hanukkah with Mishpaha. Concert of the Mishpaha group enriched with excerpts from Maharal’s Ner Mitzvah (The Candle of the Commandment) on Hanukkah, translated and annotated by Jan Divecký. Admission CZK 60

Thursday 6 December at 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. Series of lectures by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Article IV: I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His Name, is the first and the last. Admission CZK 20

Monday 10 December at 6 p.m.: Rabbi Daniel Mayer – The hidden meaning of the Hanukkah holiday. Lecture by the former chief rabbi of the Czech Republic, currently living in Israel. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 11 December at 6 p.m.: Czech Jews and the Left - Petr Brod moderates a topical discussion about the attitude of the Czech Left to Jews and vice versa at the beginning of the 20th century. With: Vít Štrobach (Postgraduate student at the Institute of Czech History of the Philosophical Faculty, Charles University) Michal Frankl (historian of the Terezin Initiative Institute). Admission CZK 20

Thursday 13 December at 6 p.m.: The Middle East Yesterday and Today. Jerusalem – genius loci of the Holy City. To enter its arms is always a powerful experience. A place full of atmosphere and events that affected the whole world. Or simply the flickering lights of the Hanukkah lamps and crooked streets of the Old Town. Hanukkah, Old town viewed from the ramparts, Damascus gate, Hurva synagogue, Muslim quarter. Series of lectures by Jan Neubauer presents the regions of the Middle East with without unnecessary gloss and without a black frame. Accompanied by photo screening. Admission CZK 20

Monday 17 December at 6 p.m.: The treasure of Jewish songs offers rare songs of the people of Israel, the nation of the Bible. Rich and wise Jewish tradition has several ways of living and surviving in today’s world. One of them is to play Jewish songs. ESTER performs them, loves them and believes that they are a treasure which is worth to be shared with the others. Admission CZK 60

Wednesday 19 December at 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part X. – Woman in the Proverbs and Books of the Prophets. Heroines of Tanach rendered by raditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of the heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does it have on the lives of contemporary women and men, members of Jewish-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
16 December 2007 at 2 p.m.: Why do we celebrate Hanukkah
The story of the great persecution of Jews and about God forgiving them.
Tour: The Spanish synagogue.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

November 2007

Thursday 1 November at 6 p.m.: Expressions of neo-Nazism in our country and legislative and repressive measures to curb them. With Kateřina Jacques (MP), JUDr. Pavel Kučera (Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court), Jiří Ráž (Head of the Division of Terrorism and Extremism of the Department for Detection of Organized Crime of the Czech Police), Klára Kalibová (Tolerance and Civil Society civic association). Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 6 November at 6 p.m.: Daniel Boušek, PhD.: Legal status of Jewish communities in Islamic countries in Middle Ages. Status of the Jews within the Muslim community in Mohamed’s Medina period and their image in the Koran. Between Isolation and Integration: Dialogue of the trends of Judaism between 11th and 18th century. Series of lectures by teachers and PhD students from the Institute of Near Eastern and African Studies and Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies of the Faculty of Philosophy & Arts of the Charles University in Prague. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday. 7 November at 6 p.m.: Stopy po hvězdách / Traces of the Stars – director Olga Strusková presents new episodes of a new documentary cycle dedicated to current methods of teaching about the Holocaust. Screening of a selection from the previous episodes with English subtitles and of the sixth episode from the first series. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 8 November at 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. Series of lectures by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Article III: I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His Name, is not corporeal, and is not affected by physical limits, and there is nothing at all to compare with Him. Admission CZK 20

Monday 12 November at 6 p.m.: Evening with songs from a new CD Dire-gelt by Hana Frejková and Michal Hromek. Hana Frejková – singing, Michal Hromek - guitar. Admission CZK 60

Tuesday 13 November at 6 p.m.: Dita Rukriglová, PhD.: Ibn Gabirol, Avicebrol and Religious Poetry in Andalusia. Two faces of the exceptional Spanish poet and a philosopher not easy to comprehend. Series of lectures of the Faculty of Philosophy & Arts of Charles University in Prague. Between Isolation and Integration. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 20 November at 6 p.m.: Pavel Sládek, PhD. – Wider context of the Jewish Renaissance in Prague. Was the Jewish Prague of Mannerism an isolated laboratory or should we perceive it within a wider context of the Central and Eastern Europe? Series of lectures of the Faculty of Philosophy & Arts of Charles University in Prague. Between Isolation and Integration. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 21 November at 6 p.m.: Teaching about the Holocaust in the Czech Republic and the neighbouring countries. With Miloš Pojar (representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Czech presidency in the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research), Martin Šmok (film director and screenwriter), Marie Zahradníková (lecturer for anti-Semitism and Shoa from the Education and Culture Centre of the Jewish Museum in Prague). Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 27 November at 6 p.m.: Mgr. Pavel Čech: Spinoza and Jewish Amsterdam. Roots of conflicts in the Jewish Amsterdam, a community with unusually rich relations with the Christian surroundings symbolised by such names as Spinoza or Rembrandt. Series of lectures of the Faculty of Philosophy & Arts of Charles University in Prague. Between Isolation and Integration. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 28 November at 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part IX. – Song of Songs. Heroines of Tanach in presentation of traditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of the heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does it have on the lives of contemporary women and men, members of Jewish-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 29 November at 6 p.m.: The Middle East Yesterday and Today. Jerusalem. The town as a hostage. Held by the politics or by the three religions? Let us ask ourselves these and other questions about a town that has been fought for over centuries. A view of three religions. The Wailing Wall – the Mosque of Omar – the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Series of lectures by Jan Neubauer presents the regions of the Middle East with without unnecessary gloss and without a black frame. Accompanied by photo screening. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
11 November at 2 p.m.: Arje invites you to a wedding How Jacob married the wrong bride and what happened afterwards. Could something like this happen to Arje, too?
Tour: The Old-New and the Klausen synagogues.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

October 2007

Monday 1 October at 6 p.m.: GILGAMESH Mythical drama about the search of eternal life. Meditation on one of the oldest epics of humanity, its similarity with the world of Tanach and about its difference. Existential challenge has been speaking to us for thousands of years. Věra Tydlitátová, head of the Department of Middle East Studies at the Philosophical Faculty of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and Milan Balabán, head of the department of Religious studies at the Protestant Theological faculty of Charles University in Prague. Admission CZK 20

Monday 8 October at 6 p.m.: Nigun – series of Hebrew, Sephardic and Yiddish songs accompanied by violin improvisations. Věra Nerušilová – singing, Alexander Shonert – violin, Natalie Shonert – piano. Admission CZK 60

Tuesday 9 October at 6 p.m.: Ctibor Rybár: Do půlnoci času dost/There is enough time till midnight. From his Zionist youth in Slovakia, loss of his family and friends to the Hungarian imprisonment; from life in diplomacy in service of the communist Czechoslovakia to the trial with Rudolf Slánský. Former editor in chief in Olympia publishing house, author of various publications about Prague and the co-author of the book entitled Jewish Prague, talks and reads from his book of memories, which is currently under preparations. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 11 October at 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. Series of lectures by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Article II: I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, blessed be His Name, is One, and that there is no unity in any manner like His, and that He alone is our God, who was, and is, and will be. Admission CZK 20

Monday 15 October at 6 p.m.: Queen of the harpsichord. Talking about life histories of the world-famous harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková and about her memories of her husband, music composer Viktor Kalabis, as well as other musicians she met during her life. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 16 October at 6 p.m.: What is Jewish culture in Bohemia and Moravia and how is it getting on. Debate programme of Petr Brod. With Leo Pavlát (director of the Jewish Museum in Prague), Čestmít Huňát (chairman of the Unijazz association and coordinator of the Boskovice festival), Peter Györi (vice-chairman of the Czech Federation of Jewish Communities). Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 17 October at 6 p.m.: Holocaust in southern Slovakia. Tomáš Lang, director of the Jewish Religious Community in Nové Zámky presents his book (written in cooperation with Sándor Strba). The vast publication is mapping the pre-war history of Jews in Nové Zámky and its tragic ending during the Second World War as well as the continuity of the local Jewish community to this day. A second edition of the book in Hungarian and Slovak has recently been published. Presented by sociologist Fedor Gál. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 18 October at 6 p.m.: Nathan Moskowitz: Illuminated Synesthetic Symphonies – opening of an exhibition of pastel and oil paintings with biblical themes and motives of Jewish holidays by artist and neurology professor based in the U.S. Refreshment

Tuesday 23 October at 6 p.m.: Concert accompanied by a lecture about Fate of Jewish composers Jaromír Weinberger and James Simon - part of the Weinberger Tour at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the death of Jaromír Weinberger (1896 - 1967). František Brikcius – violoncello, Tomáš Víšek - piano. Compositions by Jaromír Weinberger, Erwin Schulhoff, James Simon and Irena Kosíková. Admission CZK 80

Wednesday 24 October at 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part VIII. – Ester. Heroines of Tanach in presentation of traditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of the heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does it have on the lives of contemporary women and men, members of Jewish-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 30 October at 6 p.m.: Mgr. Lenka Uličná: Škola tosafistů a česká identita / The Tosaphist School and Czech identity. Explanation of the literary genre of Tosaphot – literally “additions” – a continuation of the Talmudic Halachic discourse. Between isolation and integration: Dialogue among the schools of thought of Judaism from 11th to 18th centuries. Series of lectures by teachers and PhD students from the department of Africa and the Middle East and the Institute of philosophy and religious studies at the Philosophical faculty of Charles University in Prague. Admission CZK 20

 

September 2007

Monday 10 September at 4 p.m.: Umění stát vzpřímeně/The Art of Remaining Upright – opening of an exhibition of colourful collages (copies of documents and photos) and oil paintings of the U.S. based artist Jana Zimmer addressing the story of her parents from World War II. Refreshment

Monday 10 September at 6 p.m.: Duo Viva: Music of Eastern Europe – klezmer and folk music from Ukraine, Russia, Hungary and Romania. Viktor Ehlscheidt – accordion, Václav Eichler – clarinet, saxophone, tárogató. Admission CZK 60

Tuesday 11 September at 6 p.m.: Theatre in Terezín, part I: Original Czech theatre texts on the stage. Brundibár and Kaiser von Atalantis are perhaps the best known pieces written at the Terezín ghetto. But there are many other texts describing life in Terezín with humour and emotions. The first of two discussions with American researcher Lisa Peschel, in which she presents selections from Czech texts with her actor-colleagues: cabaret, radio drama, puppet play, revue, historical drama. Admission CZK 60

Monday 17 September at 6 p.m.: Paul Spiegel: Who are the Jews? The late deceased chairman of the Germany's Central Council of Jews is writing in an informed, capturing and humorous way about Jewish history, Jewish customs, culture and religion. Hugely popular book published in Germany in four editions is now available in Czech translation. Sociologist Fedor Gál presents the publication with its translators Eva and Pavel Dobšík. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 18 September at 6 p.m.: Theatre in Terezín, part II: Original German theatre texts (in Czech translation) on the stage. Second of two discussions with American researcher Lisa Peschel, in which she presents with her actor-colleagues samples of several German texts: Purim Spiel, cabaret sketch, songs from the operetta Ghettomädel, puppet play, drama in verse. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 20 September at 6 p.m.: Thirteen Articles of Faith by Maimonides. Series of lectures by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Article I: I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His name, created and guides all creatures, and He alone made, makes, and will make all things. Admission CZK 20

Monday 24 September at 6 p.m.: Situation in the Middle East after a hot summer. Petr Brod moderates a discussion on a current issue. With: Jana Hybášková (Arabist, Member of the European Parliament, former ambassador in Kuwait), Miloš Pojar (chairman of International Task Force and former ambassador in Israel), Jan Fingeraland (Czech Radio 6 reporter), Zbyněk Petráček (Lidové noviny daily reporter). Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 25 September at 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part VII. – The strangers: Kozbi, Rahab, Ruth. Heroines of Tanach in presentation of traditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of the heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does it have on the lives of contemporary women and men, members of Jewish-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
16 September at 2 p.m.: Arje goes to school A new school year has started and Arje learns to write. He writes Hebrew letters with a quill. Arje’s teacher will give you a notepad and a quill and will teach you to write your name and a short sentence in Hebrew. You will also learn if Hebrew numbers are different from Hebrew letters. Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

June 2007

Monday 4 June at 6 p.m.: Prague klezmer group Trombenik play and sing Jewish songs from Eastern Europe and America spiced with jazz, Latin-American and Balkan rhythms. Josef Vondráček – singing, clarinet, Vojta Pošmourný – violin, Radek Rýda – banjo and Karel Bělohradský – contrabass. Admission CZK 60

Tuesday 5 June at 6 p.m.: Stopy po hvězdách / Traces of the Stars – director Olga Strusková presents a screening of subsequent three episodes of a new documentary cycle dedicated to current methods of teaching about the Holocaust. Admission CZK 20

CANCELED Thursday 7 June at 6 p.m.: Parashat Hashavuah/Weekly Torah Reading – a lecture by Karol Efraim Sidon, chief rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Admission CZK 20

Monday 11 June at 6 p.m.: The sounds of Time Going through the Jewish Calendar through Music. Recital and lecture of cantor Colman Reaboi from the B'nai Emmunah Congregation in Tarpon Springs, Florida. In English with Czech interpreting. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 12 June at 6 p.m.: Yemen – Arabia Felix. Fortunate Arabia - this is how the Romans called present-day Yemen in the Antiquity. Why? What did Yemen Jews have in common with the magic carpet? And what is Yemen like today? Jan Neubauer presents a screening of unusual photos and music samples from his ethnographic journey over Yemen in February 2007. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 13 June at 6 p.m.: Jews in the Main Countries of the Diaspora: FrancePetr Brod moderates a topical discussion on how the status of Jews has changed since the mid 20th century. With: Jiří Daníček (chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities), Lena Novotná (high school teacher and a long-time member of the Adath Shalom Jewish community in Paris), Jaroslav Jírů (publicist). Admission CZK 20

Thursday 14 June at 6 p.m.: Mgr. Jaroslav Šebek, PhD. (Institute of History, Prague) – The Second Republic and the Catholic Church. A lecture from the series The Second Republic and the Jews. Admission CZK 20

Monday 18 June at 6 p.m.: Jewish Heritage Travel Ruth Ellen Gruber, author of "National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: a Guide to Eastern Europe," presents an illustrated discussion of her nearly two decades of exploring Jewish heritage in cities, towns and remote villages throughout eastern and central Europe. In English with Czech interpreting. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 19 June at 6 p.m.: Jewish societies in Bohemia and Moravia after 1989. Zuzana Veselá (chairwoman of the World International Zionist Organization in the Czech Republic), Eva Neradová (chairwoman of the civic association Hidden Child), Aleš Fuchs (member of the B'nai B'rit board), Petr Mandl (chairman of the Czech Union of Jewish Youth). Moderated by Petr Brod Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 20 June at 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part VI. – Tamar, the daughter of David and the nameless daughter of Jephta: When a woman bears somebody else's guilt. Heroines of Tanach in presentation of traditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of the heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does it have on the lives of contemporary women and men, members of Jewish-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 21 June at 6 p.m.: Jan Šimsa (priest emeritus of the Evangelical Church) – The Second Republic and the Evangelical Church. A lecture from the series The Second Republic and the Jews accompanied by a presentation of a collection Jewish Minority in the Second Republic in attendance of Petr Pithart, author of the foreword and the first vice president of the Senate of the Czech Republic, and other co-authors. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
10 June 2007 at 2 p.m.: Arje is moving Arje used to live in the Old Jewish Town in Prague. Suddenly the town council decided to rebuild the whole quarter. Help Arje to find places he knows and a new place to stay, with the help of a map and pictures. Tour: Maisel synagogue, Jewish Town, perhaps other synagogues, if they are in Arje’s map.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

May 2007

Thursday 3 May at 6 p.m.: Parashat Hashavuah/Weekly Torah Reading – a lecture by Karol Efraim Sidon, chief rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Admission CZK 20

Monday 9 May at 6 p.m.: Jiří Kosta: Life between anxiety and hope. Prague – Terezín – Auschwitz – repeated persecution in the 1950s – Prague Spring, collaborator of Ota Šik – emigration - Germany. Various twists of life illustrated by number of documentary photos and absorbing narration of their protagonist, current professor emeritus in Frankfurt. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 10 May at 6 p.m.: Lessons of a Humanitarian Aid Worker in the Former Yugoslavia. A lecture by Yechiel Bar-Chaim, chairman of The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for European countries. English translated into Czech. Admission CZK 20

Monday 14 May at 6 p.m.: Sisterle – traditional as well as modern, popular as well as artificial Jewish songs with Yiddish lyrics presented by a sister duet Monika Žáková and Zuzana Wirthová accompanied by Alexandr Shonert – violin and Natalie Shonert – piano. Admission CZK 80

Tuesday 15 May at 6 p.m.: Aby se to již nikdy nestalo / That it would never happen again – preview of an exhibition of neo-impressionist paintings (oil, acrylic) “the lingering horror, the scars on the soul” by Tibor Spitz, a Jewish artist of Slovak origin, presently living in the United States. Introductory word by Peter Györi, musical accompaniment by Michal Foršt – singing and Markéta Šmejkalová – piano. Refreshment

Wednesday 16 May at 6 p.m.: Jews in the Main Countries of the Diaspora: Austria - Petr Brod moderates a topical discussion on how the status of Jews has changed since the end of the Second World War. With: Robert Schuster (editor in chief of Mezinárodní politika/International politics), PhDr. Richard Seemann (journalist, publisher). Admission CZK 20

Thursday 17 May at 6 p.m.: Bc. Jana Thomayerová (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University) – Jewish fate in a small town of Horšovský Týn in the district of Sudeten. Lecture from the series The Second Republic and the Jews. Admission CZK 20

Monday 28 May at 6 p.m.: Stopy po hvězdách / Traces left by stars – director Olga Strusková presents a screening of first two episodes of a new documentary cycle dedicated to current methods of teaching about the Holocaust. Admission CZK 20

Tuesday 29 May at 6 p.m.: Jewish Communities in Bohemia and Moravia after 1989. With: Jiří Daníček (chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Czech Republic), Pavel Fried (chairman of Jewish Community Brno), Eva Štixová (chairman of the Jewish Community Pilsen), Oldřich Látal (chairman of the Jewish Community Teplice). Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 30 May at 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part V. – the women of David - Abigail, Michal, Bathsheba: Power and helplessness. Heroines of Tanach in presentation of traditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of the heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does it have on the lives of contemporary women and men, members of Jewish-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 31 May at 6 p.m.: Mgr. Hedvika Novotná (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University) Czech Jews remember the Second Republic. Lecture from the series The Second Republic and the Jews. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
13 May 2007 at 2 p.m.: Noah’s Ark The flood is approaching. Arje needs to make sure all the animals got on board of the arch and find the lost ones in the Old Jewish cemetery.
Tour: Old Jewish Cemetery
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

April 2007

Thursday 5 April at 6 p.m.: Parashat Hashavuah/Weekly Torah Reading – a lecture by Karol Efraim Sidon, chief rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 11 April at 6 p.m.: Pesach – a lecture by Los Angeles rabbi Steven Newman. Organized in cooperation with Bejt-Praha. Interpreted from English to Czech. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 12 April at 6 p.m.: PhDr. Peter Salner, DrSc. (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Ethnology in Bratislava) – Slovak Jews between Munich and Slovak State. A lecture from the series The Second Republic and the Jews. Admission CZK 20

Monday 16 April at 6 p.m.: ESTER: Treasure of Jewish songs. For centuries of exile the Jews protected their tradition, their stories and their songs. That’s why their songs live and speak to us and touch our hearts up to this day. The concert offers rare songs of the people of Israel, the people of the Bible. The programme is accompanied by spoken word informing the listeners briefly about the meaning of the songs. Admission 50 CZK

Tuesday 17 April at 6 p.m.: Jews in the Main Countries of the Diaspora: Poland - Petr Brod moderates a topical discussion on how the status of Jews has changed since the end of the Second World War. With: Piotr Kadlczik (Chairman of the Federation of Polish Jewish Communities), Miroslav Karas (permanent correspondent of the Czech Television in Poland), Lubomír Kopeček (Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University). Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 18 April at 6 p.m.: From discrimination to genocide. A lecture on the verge of philately and history, part 2. Heinz Wewer (Hochschule der Künste Berlin, Germany). Interpreted from English to Czech. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 19 April at 6 p.m.: Queen of the harpsichord - Zuzana Růžičková, world-famous harpsichordist and professor at HAMU celebrated her 80th birthday this year. Selection of music and discussion with the honoured person is presented by the musical scientist dr. Jiří Pilka. Admission CZK 20

Monday 23 April at 6 p.m.: The Country of One God /Země jednoho Boha - director Oliver Malina Morgenstern and photographer Darina Krajáková present a film about Israel from the New Travelmania cycle. Accompanied by samples of unique photos and a debate. Admission CZK 20

Wednesday 25 April at 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part IV. – Women of Moses - midwives, Jochebed, Miriam, Egyptian princess and Zipporah: When does a woman play a social role? Heroines of Tanach in presentation of traditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of the heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does it have on the lives of contemporary women and men, members of Jewish-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission CZK 20

Thursday 26 April at 6 p.m.: Mgr. Michal Frankl, (Terezin Initiative Institute) The Second Republic and Jewish refugees. A lecture from the series The Second Republic and the Jews. Admission CZK 20

Sunday 29 April at 10:30 AM:
 
Judaism and Ethics. Series of Sunday Lecutures by Tomáš Kučera – the rabbi of Munich liberal community Beth Shalom (Germany). Chronological analysis of Jewish sources since Torah until today.
Topic: Abortion, Part 2.
Admission 20,- CZK

Monday 30 April at 6 p.m.: Hebrew and Jewish Studies in Bohemia. With: Doc. PhDr. Jiřina Šedinová, CSc. (head of the Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Institute of Near Eastern and African Studies, Charles University), doc. PhDr. Bedřich Nosek, CSc. (Institute of Jewish Studies, Hussite Theological Faculty, Charles University), Mgr. Terezie Dubinová (graduate of the Cultural, Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the Philosophical Faculty, Charles University). Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission CZK 20

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
1 April 2007 at 2 p.m.: Pesach Arje lives in Egypt and has to do hard work without being paid. Like other Jews, he was reduced to slavery. Moses is a wise man. Will he succeed in liberating the Jews from slavery? Will we manage to reach the Promised Land?
Parents can look forward to the visit of one of the synagogues.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

March 2007

Thursday, March 1, 6 P.M..: Parashat Hashavuah/Weekly Torah Reading – a lecture by Karol Efraim Sidon, chief rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Admission 20 CZK

Tuesday, March 6, 6 P.M.: Lecture on Purim or ask the Rabbi about Purim or anything else he might know. Morton Narrowe, chief rabbi of Stockholm and the Kingdom of Sweden. Organized in cooperation with Bejt-Praha. Interpreted from English to Czech. Admission 20 CZK NEW CYCLE:

Wednesday, March 7, 6 P.M.: Meeting over the Bible. The book of Exodus, Chapter 1 – When Israel was still in Egypt. Series of talks about Biblical texts – how do the Jews and the Christians read them, in what way their perspectives are similar and in what way they differ. With: Karol Efraim Sidon, chief rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic and Martin Prudký, evangelic theologian. Moderated by theologian Mikuláš Vymětal. Organized in cooperation with the Society of Christians and Jews. Admission 20 CZK

Monday, March 12, 6 P.M.: From discrimination to genocide. A lecture on the verge of philately and history, part 1. Heinz Wewer (Hochschule der Künste Berlin, Germany). Interpreted from English to Czech. (2nd part, April 18, 2007) Admission 20 CZK

Tuesday, March 13, 6 p.m.: Mame-loshn is Yiddish...today in songs! Hana Frejková - singing, Michal Hromek - guitar. Admission 60 CZK

Wednesday, March 14, 6 p.m.: Jews in the Main Countries of the Diaspora: Hungary – Petr Brod moderates a topical discussion on how the status of Jews has changed since the end of the Second World War. With Eva Kleinová (journalist), Kateřina Pošová (translator and interpreter), Vladimír Nálevka (historian, professor of Charles University in Prague). Admission 20 CZK

Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m.: PhDr. Blanka Soukupová, CSc. (Charles University in Prague, School of Humanities) – The Czechs between Munich and March 15: Czech national feeling, Czech Jewishness and Jewishness in interactions. A lecture from the series The Second Republic and the Jews. Admission 20 CZK

Tuesday, March 20, 6 p.m.: Preview of the exhibition Mizrach & Shiviti – coloured and black and white paper-cuts with traditional Jewish motives of the Israeli artist Ester Shilo. PhDr. Eva Kosáková (chief curator of the Jewish Museum in Prague) will give a talk about the history of the use of Mizrach. Accompanied by Trombenik band. Refreshment

Monday, March 26, 6 p.m.: Normal or normalized unity? Jewish communities in Husák’s Czechoslovakia under the supervision of the State secret police. Mgr. Ivica Bumová (ethnologist, Nation’s Memory Institute), PhDr. Pavel Žáček, PhD. (director of the Security Records Archive at the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic), Jaroslav Róna (painter, sculptor, teacher at AVU). Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission 20 CZK

Wednesday, March 28, 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part III. - Dina a Tamar, Judes daughter in law: The control of women’s sexuality. Heroines of Tanach in presentation of traditional rabbi and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of the heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does it have on the lives of contemporary women and men, members of Jewish-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission 20 CZK

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
March 11, 2007 at 2 P.M.: About Queen Esther (Purim – the most joyous Jewish holiday) King Ahashveros wants to kill all Jews on the advice of the evil Minister Haman. Will Queen Esther manage to save them? The most beautiful princess at the workshop will become a Queen. Who will be the king and who will be the wise Jew Mordechai? And will the evil Haman come as well? Workshop in masks and a tour of Klaus synagogue.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

February 2007

Thursday, Feb. 1, 6 PM: Parashat Hashavuah/Weekly Torah Reading – a lecture by Karol Efraim Sidon, chief rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Admission 20,- CZK

Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 PM: Radka Čermáková (Charles University in Prague – School of Social Sciences) Second Republic – a Curtailed Country in Disappearing Europe. A part of the “Second Republic and the Jews” series. Admission 20,- CZK

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6 PM: Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Their Reflection in the Life and Work of Arthur Koestler – a lecture by Miloš Pojar (Former Czech Ambassador to Israel, former director of the Education and Culture Centre of the Jewish Museum in Prague). Rudolf Pellar reads selections from the recently published Czech translation of A. Koestler’s book Thieves in the Night. Admission 20,- CZK

Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 PM: Jews in the Main Diaspora Countries: The Second Promised Land, or the Jews in the United States – Petr Brod moderates a series of discussions concerning changes in the situation of the Jews since the middle of the 20th century. With Albert Oesterricher (financier), Eric Best (publisher of the Fleet Sheet internet journal), and Frank Reiss (former director for European affairs of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League, U.S.A.). Admission 20,- CZK

Monday, Feb. 19, 6 PM: Inspiration Klezmer. Kateryna Kolcová-Tlustá accompanied by Milan Arner (clarinet and piano) sings Jewish songs from the Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Hungary and Eastern Slovakia. Motto: “Jews, Galician Czechs, Ukrainians, Poles, Hungarians or Romanians used to live and die together – nevertheless each of them went to rest to his own cemetery” – Shalom Aleichem. Admission 60,- CZK

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6 PM: Tribute to Professor Alfred Kohn (1867-1959), a Nobel Prize nominee (1930), prominent scientist, physician, and teacher. With Pavel Pafko, Ondřej Naňka, Miloš Grim, and Svatopluk Adámek from the 1st Medical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague. Admission 20,- CZK

Thursday, Feb. 22, 6 PM: Blanka Soukupová (Charles University in Prague – School of Humanities) Czech and Jewish Myth of T.G. Masaryk During the Second Republic – De-cultivation of Modern Czechhood? A part of the “Second Republic and the Jews” series. Admission 20,- CZK

NEW SERIES:
 
Sunday, Feb. 25, 10:30 AM:.:
 
Judaism and Ethics. Series of Sunday Lecutures by Tomáš Kučera – the rabbi of Munich liberal community Beth Shalom (Germany). Chronological analysis of Jewish sources since Torah until today.
Topic: Abortion, Part 1. Admission 20,- CZK

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6 PM: Normal or Normalised Community? – Jews in Husák’s Czechoslovakia. Petr Brod moderates discussion about the situation of Jewish communities under the Communist regime. With Artur Radvanský (1967-1986 secretary of the Council of Jewish Religious Communities, now retired), František Kraus (1986-1990 secretary of the CJRC, now retired) Leo Pavlát (former rank and file member of the Jewish religious community, today the director of the Jewish Museum in Prague), Alexandr Putík (former rank and file member of the JRC, today a researcher at the JMP and the cantor of the Jerusalem Synagogue in Prague). Admission 20,- CZK

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6 PM: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part II. – Foremothers Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Lea: What is the Real Value of Womanhood? The heriones of the Tanakh as interpreted by traditional rabbinic and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of a heroine and her story change once women enter into the interpretation process? What impact does this have on the lives of women and men living today in a Judeo-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission 20,- CZK

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
Feb. 11, 2007, 2 PM: Golem Famous Rabbi Löw made Golem out of clay. Then he brought him to life. Golem first helped the Jews but then he stopped obeying. How can we revive Golem and where is he hidden today? Excursion: Old-New Synagogue, Golem in the streets.
Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

January 2007

Monday, 8 January, 6 p.m.: Lecture by Rabbi Sacha Pećarić of Stern College, New York, USA – The Most Important Word in the Torah. Admission 20,- Kč

Tuesday, 9 January, 6 p.m.: Shoah – Part of the Living History of the 21st Century – lecture by Prof. Tomáš Radil, DrSc. (Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physiology), following on from the Ethical Philosophy of the Holocaust series. Admission 20,- Kč

Thursday, 11 January, 6 p.m.: Parashat Hashavua / Weekly Readings of the Torah – lecture by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic Admission 20,- Kč

Monday, 15 January, 6 p.m.: The Jewish Violin of Alexander Shonert – a concert for solo violin and piano. Violin virtuoso Alexander Shonert will be performing his own compositions as well as his variations of Jewish folklore songs and works by Joseph Archron and Ernest Bloch. Admission 60,- Kč

Tuesday, 16 January, 6 p.m.: The Diary of Věra Kohnová. The diary of a 13-year-old Jewish girl from Pilsen, who recorded her experiences between the summer of 1941 and January 1942, when she was deported to Terezín. None of her family survived. Presented by Dr. Zdeněk Susa, who published the diary as a facsimile, together with a Czech transcript and translation into English and German. Admission 20,- Kč

Wednesday, 17 January, 6 p.m.: Jews in the Main Countries of the Diaspora: SlovakiaPetr Brod moderates a topical discussion on changes in the status of the Jews since the Second World War. With Peter Salner (Chairman of the Jewish Religious Community of Bratislava), Ivan Kamenec (historian at the Historical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences), and Fedor Gál (sociologist). Admission 20,- Kč

Tuesday, 23 January, 6 p.m.: The Land of One God – film director Oliver Malina Morgenstern and photographer Darina Krajánková present a document about Israel from the series The New Travel Mania. There will also be a display of original photographs, and an informal discussion. Admission 20,- Kč

Wednesday, 24 January, 6 p.m.: Norbert Auerbach – From Prague to Hollywood and Back. A discussion about the life of this Czech-Jewish-American movie mogul Moderated by Petr Brod. Admission 20,- Kč

Thursday, 25 January, 6 p.m.: Holocaust Memorial Day – The dead forewarn us, the survivors bear witness. An evening dedicated to the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust (January 27). Hell Survivors, opening of an exhibition of photographs by Jana Noseková-Žantovská – portraits of Israeli Czechs and Slovaks who survived the Holocaust. Introduction by Leo Pavlát (Director of the Jewish Museum in Prague). Táňa Fischerová – recitation of poetry by Otto Weiss, Jiří Hošek – cello. Refreshment

Thursday, 25 January, 6 p.m.: Holocaust Memorial Day – The dead forewarn us, the survivors bear witness. An evening dedicated to the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust (January 27). Introduction by Vladimír Hanzel (Director of the Education & Culture Centre). Leo Pavlát (Director of the Jewish Museum in Prague) gives a speech on The Day of Commemoration. Táňa Fischerová – recitation of poetry by Otto Weiss, Jiří Hošek – cello. Hell Survivors, opening of an exhibition of photographs by Jana Noseková-Žantovská – portraits of Israeli Holocaust survivors born in Czechoslovakia. Introduction to the exhibition by Ziv Nevo Kulman from The State of Israel Embassy in Prague. Refreshment

New series:
Tuesday, 30 January, 6 p.m.: Dr. Jan Rataj, CSc. (Prague School of Economics, Faculty of International Relations, Department of Political Science) – Czech Politics in the Second Republic – A Critical Look at Some Little Known Aspects of the Czech National Character. Lecture from the series The Second Republic and the Jews. Admission 20,- Kč

New series:
Wednesday 31 January, 6 p.m.: Women in the Bible, Women Today. Part I – Adam, Lilith and Eve. Dominance, Submissiveness, Partnership. The heroines of the Tanakh as interpreted by traditional rabbinic and contemporary feminist commentators. How does the perception of a heroine and her story change when women enter the process of interpretation? And what impact does this have on the lives of men and women living today in a Judaeo-Christian culture? Series of lectures by Hebraist Terezie Dubinová. Admission 20,- Kč

Sunday programme for children and their parents

 
14 January, 2007, 2 p.m.: Aryeh isn't lazy, he's observing Shabbat. God rested after creating the world. The Jews rested after building the Temple. Aryeh also rests on the Shabbat. Tour of the Klausen Synagogue. Admission per person 40,- CZK

 

December 2006

Tuesday, 5 December, 6 p.m.: Johannes Urzidil – literary programme consisting of texts by the Prague German writer Johannes Urzidil for the 110th anniversary of his birth. Prepared and texts recited by Zdenka Procházková-Hartmann. Organized by the Franz Kafka Society. Free admission

Wednesday, 6 December, 6 p.m.: Mechanisms of Global Anti-Semitism lecture by Prof. Tomáš Radil, DrSc. (Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physiology) following on from the Ethical Philosophy of the Holocaust cycle. Admission 10,- Kč Admission 10,- Kč

Thursday, 7 December, 6 p.m.: Parashat Hashavua / Weekly Readings of the Torah – lecture by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Admission 10,- Kč

Monday, 11 December, 6 p.m.: Jaroslava Krejsová, Zdeněk Krejsa: Přes Volary přešla smrt - pochod smrti očima pamětníků / Über Wallern kam der Tod - der Todesmarsch mit den Augen der Zeitzeugen / The Death Went Through Volary – the Death March With the Survivors’ Eyes. A meeting with the authors and a presentation of the trilingual book (published this year), which contains documents and the testimonies of 600 women of many nationalities from the Helmbrechts concentration camp in Germany. 95 of them are buried in the Jewish cemetery in Volary. The book will be on sale at the venue and there will be book signings. Admission 10,- Kč

Tuesday, 12 December, 6 p.m.: 2 x The Book of Life – presentation of a new DVD with the director, Pavel Štingl, in attendance, and a screening of a new version of the film “O zlém snu” [Bad Dream], followed by a debate about the possible uses of DVD and a discussion about the methodology for using multimedia tools in history lessons. With the actress and the former MP Táňa Fischerová. Admission 10,- Kč

Wednesday, 13 December, 6 p.m.: Jews in the Main Countries of the Diaspora: Russia – a topical debate on how the standing of Jews has changed since the end of the Second World War. Moderated by Petr Brod, involving the participation of Libor Dvořák (editor at ČRo 6, a long-time reporter in Russia), Alexander Shonert (a violin virtuoso), Ondřej Soukup (the People in Need non-profit organization, a long-time Czech Television reporter in the countries of the former Soviet Union). Admission 10,- Kč

Thursday, 14 December, 6 p.m.: Milena Hübschmannová: We Can Make Ourselves Understood – opening of an exhibition that celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Milena Hübschmannová, the internationally acclaimed ethnologist, sociologist, linguist, historian, translator and founder of Roma studies at Prague's Charles University Refreshments

Monday, 18 December, 6 p.m.: The Roma and Jewish Holocaust Through the Eyes of the Third Generation – a lecture by Dr. Jana Horváthová, director of the Museum of Roma Culture in Brno, on the history of the Holocaust, its acceptance and denial in the present, on the legacy of the survivors for the generation of their grandchildren . Organized by the ROMEA Civic Association. Free admission

Wednesday, 20 December, 6 p.m.: Roš noviny, Obecní chodeš, Maskilblatt – The Jewish Press in the former Czechoslovakia and in the Czech Republic – a topical debate moderated by Petr Brod, involving the participation of Jiří Daníček (Roš Chodeš), Sylvie Wittmannová (Bejt Simcha), Milan Kalina (Maskil and Obecní noviny). Admission 10,- Kč

Thursday, 21 December, 6 p.m.: Arnošt Lustig: *80* - a literary evening for the 80th birthday of the world renowned writer Arnošt Lustig, who will be present. With the actor Josef Vinklářand Markéta Mališová (the director of Franz Kafka Society). Organized in association with the Franz Kafka Society. Admission 10,- Kč

Sunday programme for children and parents

 
10 December 2006, 2 p.m.: Eight Lights - Why does the Hanukkah lamp have eight branches? What is the use of the servant light? Why play with a spinning top? And why isn’t Hanukkah the same as Christmas? Find out all and more in our workshop game. Admission per person 40,- Kč

 

November 2006

Wednesday 1 November, 6 p.m.: The Terezín Ghetto – opening of an exhibition of black-and-white & coulour photography taken by Petr Holubec in 2004-05. These works focus on the empty buildings of the former ghetto and on the silent movement within its enclosed and off-limit places. Refreshments

Thursday 2 November, 6 p.m.: Parashat Hashavua / Weekly Readings of the Torah - lecture by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Admission 10,- Kč

Tuesday 7 November, 6 p.m.: He Who Doesn’t Howl with the Wolf – a meeting with Gottfried Wagner, the great-grandson of the Richard Wagner and the great-great grandson of Franz Listz, for the publication of the first Czech translation of his autobiography Wer mit dem Wolf heult. In this book, he distances himself from his family, burdened for several generations with anti-Semitism and close contacts with Adolf Hitler (In English with Czech interpreting). Admission 10,- Kč

Thursday 9 November, 6 p.m.: Several Stories from the Life of A.G. – the multitalented writer, actor, playwright, theatre director, television entertainer, pedagogue and sexagenarian father Arnošt Goldflam will be reading from his new book and talking about his life. Admission 10,- Kč

Wednesday 15 November, 6 p.m.: Jews in the Main Countries of the Diaspora: Germany – A topical debate on how the standing of Jews has changed since the end of the Second World War. Moderated by Petr Brod and involving the participation of Jakub Roth (Vice Chair of the Prague Jewish Community), Karol Ephraim Sidon (Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic), Miloš Pojar (former Czech ambassador to Israel and former director of the Education and Culture Centre of the Jewish Museum in Prague) and Tomáš Kraus (Secretary of the Czech Federation of Jewish Communities). Admission 10,- Kč

Monday 20 November, 6 p.m.: Petr Koubský: How I See It – lecture by the cofounder of the cult magazine Softwarové noviny, [The Software News] (now Click!) current editor-in-chief of Inside magazine, teacher, translator and publicist (e.g., Sociologie Internetu - [The Sociology of Internet]), dealing with the likely future of the Internet and other modern technologies and with the role of Jewish personalities (including Israeli companies and think tanks) in their development. Admission 10,- Kč

Tuesday 21 November, 6 p.m.: MIŠPACHA in concert – texts from the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) put to music, together with excerpts from the books "Příběhy Tory" [Torah Stories] and "Izrael soudců a králů" [The Israel of Judges and Kings] by Jan Divecký. Admission 50,- Kč

Thursday 23 November, 6 p.m.: What Lies Behind Lidice? – clips from documentary films and a meeting with the documentary film director Pavel Štingl who has created a new multimedia exhibition at the Lidice Memorial Museum. For many years Štingl has been using documentary films for teaching history with focus on the themes of the Holocaust, the 1950s and the major events of the twentieth century, as well as exploring the possibilities of modern technologies within the context of contemporary museology. Free admission

Wednesday 29 November, 6 p.m.: The Legacy of Jewish Culture in the Czech Republic and Supporting the Care of Jewish Monuments. A topical debate moderated by Petr Brod and involving the participation of Zdeněk Novák (director of Matana a.s., preservationist, long-term Deputy Minister of Culture), Eva Kosáková (Vice Chair of the Jewish Museum in Prague Foundation), Marta Malá (director of the Holocaust Victims Foundation), Soňa Dederová (Czech-German Future Fund) and Blanka Rozkošná (specialist on Jewish monuments). Admission 10,- Kč

 

October 2006

Wednesday 4 October 6 p.m.: Daniel Kumermann – How I Hear It. The former Czech ambassador to Israel presents a wide selection of music from the more than 200 CDs that he collected during his mission. The music will be interspersed with informed comments and notes by the ambassador. Admission 10,- Kč

Thursday 5 October 6 p.m.: Parashat hashavuah / weekly readings of the Torah - lecture by Karol Ephraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic. Admission 10,- Kč

Wednesday 18 October 6 p.m.: A Lesson from Lebanon – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the ‘summer war’ between Hizbullah and the Jewish State. Topical debate moderated by Petr Brod with Dr. Marek Čejka (lawyer and political scientist), Oliver Malina Morgenstern (documentarist and director) and Pavla Jazairiová (journalist) Admission 10,- Kč

Thursday 19 October 6 p.m.: Theatre in Terezín, 1945-2006. Part I: Psychological Escape, Strengthening of Identity. The Terezín theatre as remembered by contemporaries sixty years on. The first of two meetings with the American researcher Lisa Peschel based on interviews and archive testimonies. Comments by Dr. Jaroslava Milotová, CSc. (Institute of the Terezín Initiative) and Dr. Eva Šormová (Theatre Institute, author of the book Divadlo v Terezíně [Theatre in Terezín], 1941-45, (in Czech). Admission 10,- Kč

Tuesday 24 October 6 p.m.: Lecture by Dr. Richard Seemann for the 65th anniversary of the first transports to the Lodz ghetto, which were dispatched from Prague on 19-30 November 1941. Excerpts from a Czech Radio documentary on the fate of deportees from Czechoslovakia (only 277 of the 5,000 deportees returned), which was inspired by the book Ghetto Litzmannstadt (ed. R. Seemann). There will also be a meeting with contemporaries. Admission 10,- Kč

Thursday 26 October 6 p.m.: Theatre in Terezín, 1945-2006. Part II: "Normalization" of an abnormal environment - maintaining ties between the past and the future. The Terezín theatre as remembered by contemporaries sixty years on. The second of two meetings with the American researcher Lisa Peschel based on interviews and archive testimonies. Comments by Dr. Jaroslava Milotová, CSc. (Institute of the Terezín Initiative) and Dr. Eva Šormová (Theatre Institute, author of the book Divadlo v Terezíně [Theatre in Terezín] 1941-45, (in Czech). Admission 10,- Kč

Monday 30 October 6 p.m.: Mishpochology or the possibilities and limits of research into the history of Jewish families in Bohemia and Moravia - debate moderated by Petr Brod with Dr. Alexander Putík (specialist at the Jewish Museum in Prague and editor of Judaica Bohemica), Dr. Lenka Matušíková (manager of Jewish records in the National Archive), Blanka Rozkošná (specialist on Jewish monuments). Admission 10,- Kč

Tuesday 31 October 6 p.m.: NIKITOV in concert – a Dutch/American acoustic quartet that plays Yiddish/Jewish songs with elements of Gypsy Jazz. The band leader Niki Jacobs has performed with the famous Klezmatics group, and her classically trained co-musicians (violin, guitar, double-bass) have all played with classical, blues and jazz performers in the USA. Admission 50,- Kč

 

September 2006

Tuesday 12 September, 6 p.m.:The Jewish Heritage of the Former Yugoslavia, Destruction and Preservation" - a lecture by Yechiel Bar-Chaim, Chairman of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for Europe (In English with Czech interpreting). Admission 10,- Kč

Wednesday 13 September, 6 p.m.: Judah Loew ben Becalel (1512 - 17. 9. 1609) – lecture by Prof. Vladimír Sadek, CSc. from the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hussite Theological Faculty of Charles University, for the anniversary of the death of the greatest figure from the age of the Prague Renaissance. Admission 10,- Kč

Thursday 14 September, 6 p.m.: "I have not seen a butterfly around here..." – exhibition of black-and-white photography by Rosa Revsin, an Argentine photographer and artist. These works were inspired by an anthology of poetry by Terezín children which was published in the 1990s under the title I have not seen a butterfly around here. Introductory speeches by Rosa Revsin, the Argentine Ambassador to the Czech Republic Juan Fleming and the Director of the Jewish Museum in Prague Leo Pavlát. Music by Jaromír Mrázek (tenor) a Daniel Wiesner (piano). (Refreshments)

Tuesday 19 September, 6 p.m.: Visual Metaphors: The Art of Mark Podwal – the artist, illustrator, practising dermatologist and Associate Professor at New York University Mark Podwal gives a slide lecture on his artworks which can be seen all over the world – from the Jewish Museum in New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Library of Congress. This event precedes the opening of Podwal’s exhibition at Wratislaw Palace (September 21, 2006) (In English with Czech interpreting). Admission 10,- Kč

Wednesday 20 September, 6 p.m.: An evening of songs in Yiddish Hana Frejková (vocal) and Michal Hromek (guitar) in concert. Admission 50,- Kč

Thursday 21 September, 6 p.m.: "I hope as long as I breathe" – presentation of historian and translator Věra Vlčková’s book featuring stories of women survivors of the Holocaust: Eva Reichová-Zelená, Věra Löwenbachova-Feldmanova, Marie Spitzova-Vítovcova and Eva Hejzlarova-Koubkova. Eva Zelená and Eva Koubková will be in attendance and the event will be presented by Věra Vlčková, who published the book with the support of the Náchod and Česká Skalice city foundations. Diary excerpts will be read by drama students of the English College in Prague, Ivana Gabaľová and Anna Litová. Music by Jana Perglová (violin) and Jaromír Vogel (piano).

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