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September 2012

Tuesday 4 September, 6 p.m.: A Park of Noble Souls.  The presentation of the memorial to the citizens of the Slovak Republic who were executed for saving their Jewish friends during the Holocaust. One of the mass graves where the executed saviours are buried with their Jewish friends is at the Jewish cemetery in Zvolen. A memorial called a Park of Noble Souls, commemorates this tragic event and was created at the front of the cemetery. It is a set of artistic objects that complete the leading idea within mutual relation´s composition.  Within the lecture with screening the project will be presented by the authors of the idea intention Miloš Žiak, Ladislav Snopko, and historian Eduard Nižňanský. Simultaneously they will present a four-volume publication issued for this occasion by the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia.

Wednesday 5 September, 6 p.m.: From Rosh HaShanah to Shemini Atzeret. A lecture by Karol Efraim Sidon, Chief Rabbi of Prague and the Czech Republic, will focus on the character common to all mankind of the autumn feasts in opposition to the Feasts of Pesah and Shavuot.

Monday 10 September, 6 p.m.: Jewish Ostrava in London. A presentation of the project that documents the life of Ostrava Jews and of the new online catalogue of the Jewish Museum in Prague, which contains a new online exhibition based on a collection of letters of the Goldberger family from Ostrava. The project was started as an initiative of the Kingston Synagogue in south-east London, where one roll of the Torah that originally came from the Ostrava Synagogue is being held in their sanctuary. Gradually it has developed into a vast online documentary project, which, apart from containing thousands of photographs, documents, letters, interviews and other material, has created the virtual community of former Ostrava Jews. Norbert Goldberg from London, Dawid Lawson from the Ostrava group in London, Libuše Salomonovičová from Ostrava and Michal Frankl from the Jewish Museum in Prague will be our guests. The programme will be held in English and Czech with simultaneous translation. Moderated by Petr Brod.

Tuesday 11 September, 6 p.m.: Tuvia Beeri: Colour Etching. An opening evening of etchings made by a Topolčany native who emigrated to Israel in 1948 and nowadays belongs among the most famous Israeli artists. After his departure for Israel Tuvia Beeri studied at the Oranim art school and later again in Europe at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After his return from Paris he worked as a teacher at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and at the Avni Institute of Art and Design, Tel Aviv. Abstract forms and figurative traces, geometric patterns and amorphous colour areas, imaginary landscapes and shades of the surrounding world blend together in harmony in his work. The artist will be present at the opening.    Admission Free

Wednesday 12 September, 6 p.m.: The Treasures of Jewish Songs. A concert of the successful brother and sister duo Ester whose members, Kateřina Hajdovská-Tlustá and Alexandr Hajdovský, will sing traditional Jewish songs in Hebrew and in the languages of Ladino and Yiddish. We invite you to listen and if you would like, you can join in the singing of some of them. The programme is accompanied by an introduction of the text’s translation.      Admisssion CZK 60,-

Wednesday 19 September, 6 p.m.: Poles and Jews: The Second World War. A screening of the documentary by Paweł Łoziński entitled Place of Birth (Miejsce urodzenia, 1992, 47 minutes, in Polish with Czech subtitles) and a talk with the Honorary Consul of Poland in Jerusalem, Zeev Baran, and historian and journalist Piotr Zychowicz within the Polish Season in the Jewish Museum. The screening and talk will be held at the Polish Institute, Malé náměstí 1, Prague 1.      Admisssion free

Monday 24 September, 6 p.m.: Judaism through the Eyes of Jewish Luminaries: Avraham Jicchak Kook. This series of lectures presents the profiles of ten Jewish scholars from the Middle Ages to the present, each of them bringing a unique vision of Jewish tradition. The personality of Rabbi Avraham Jicchak Kook who is considered to be one of the fathers of religious Zionism will be presented by rabbi David Peter, a long-term student of Kook´s Yeshiva Mercaz HaRav. The study materials concerning this topic will be available at the lecture. This series was prepared thanks to courteous support from NFOH (Foundation for Holocaust Victims).


Sunday programme for children and their parents

9  September,  2 p.m.: Lion Cub Arje Learns about the Jewish Year

Lion cub Arje will explain you how the Jewish calendar is calculated, when the Jews celebrate the New Year and how the Feast of Rosh Hashanah is celebrated. Together we will learn a song and taste traditional food from the feasts.

Tour: Jerusalem Synagogue                                                                                                                                                           Flat admission CZK  50,-

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