Monday 4 November, 6 p.m.: Jerusalem, a City of Three Religions: Christianity. A lecture by Jan Neubauer, which is accompanied by rich pictorial material, presents the history, present and also the context of Christian Jerusalem.
Wednesday 6 November, 6 p.m.: Building the State without Anti-Semitism? Czech Anti-Semitism between the Monarchy and Republic. A lecture from the seminar on modern Jewish history whose guarantor is the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Institute of Contemporary History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Historian Michal Frankl from the Museum will present his project, worked on in collaboration with Miloslav Szabó, which will offer new views on Czech and Slovak anti-Semitism at the end of World War I and in the first years of independent Czechoslovakia.
Monday 11 November, 6 p.m.: Královské Vinohrady: Searching for Traces of Jewish Presence in the “Most Czech Town of all Czech Towns”. Documentarian Martin Šmok will share with us the stories from his research, the surprising results and blank spots up to now of the documentary project of the city district Prague 2 and the Jewish Museum in Prague, which is focused on the most populous Jewish community in pre-war Czechoslovakia.
Tuesday 12 November, 6 p.m.: Judaism and New Media. Rabbinic responsa on the Internet, the study of the Talmud via Skype, religious and legal codes in a mobile telephone or the efforts to create a “kosher Internet” are all now a reality, particularly in the last decade. Gafna Váňová, a specialist in Jewish education, and Miloš Čermák, a specialist in new media from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University, will discuss the role of new media in Judaism. Moderated by Pavel Kuča, the editor of the Maskil monthly.
Wednesday 13 November, 6 p.m.: Reichenberg und seine jüdischen Bürger (Liberec and Its Jewish Citizens). A lecture by Isa Engelmann who has significant experience dealing with the cultural, social and economic assets of the Jewish population of Northern Bohemia and their fates during the war. The lecture will be held in German with a consecutive interpreting into Czech.
Monday 18 November, 6 p.m.: Papacy and the Jews in 1800-1939. A lecture by historian Rudolf Vévoda (The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes) on the relationship between the Popes and Jews and Judaism at the beginning of the modern age from the Napoleonic wars to the end of the pontificate of pope Pius XI (1922 – 1939). The Catholic Church, influenced by a hundred-year tradition of Christian anti-Judaism, reacted to the gradual promotion of new political ideologies slowly and with suspicion. And more since the 1930s the Church was confronted with the arrival of a new form of the state anti-Judaism – racial anti-Semitism.
Wednesday 20 November, 6 p.m.: Yehezkiel Landau (1713–1793): between Tradition and Modernity. A lecture by Louise Hecht from the Palacký University Olomouc held on the three-hundred year anniversary of the birth of this outstanding Prague rabbi who, thanks to his diplomatic and exceptional religious education, managed to respond to the challenges of the reforms of Maria Theresa and Joseph II, as well as to the tension between particular streams within the Jewish community. The lecture will be held in English with no interpreting into Czech.
Monday 25 November, 6 p.m.: Jewish Architectonic Utopianism in Diaspora. What does a “shtetl” look like as an urban and political programme? A lecture from the series on Jewish architecture, in which Daniel Ziss will introduce the architectonic language connected with the Jewish effort for colonialism in Latin America, big building efforts in Siberia (Birobidzhan) and the consequences of Jewish utopianism in architecture.
Tuesday 26 November, 6 p.m.: Girsh Lekkert. Within the series of silent Russian films with Jewish themes you will see an expressionistic drama by director Grigorij Roshala (1928) based on real facts: a member of the radical Jewish party Bund Shvetz Hirsh Lekkert (1879 – 1902) commits an unsuccessful assassination attempt on the Governor of Vilnius Victor von Wahl (1840 – 1915) and is sentenced to death. Apart from the environment of revolutionaries, the film portrays scenes from the religious life of the Vilnius Jewry. Jan Grunt composed the music sourcing the revolutionary songs of those times. An introduction will be made by Pavel Straka from the Terezín Memorial. Czech subtitles.
Sunday programme for children and their parents
Sunday 15 November, 2 p.m.: Lion Cub Arje Learns the Hebrew Alphabet
Arje´s teacher will give you an exercise-book and quill pen and will teach you how to make your signature and write a short sentence in Hebrew.
Tour: The Old Jewish Cemetery
The Exhibition within the premises of the Department: This Cannot Happen Here. Till 28 November.