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The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize
On the 30th of May 2001 Leo Pavlát, the Director of the Jewish Museum in Prague, picked up the Dr. Bernard Heller Prize, which the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion awards every year in memory of the great scholar and humanitarian, Dr. Heller (1897–1976).
Since its inception in 1990, the Dr. Bernard Heller Prize has been conferred annually for work that contributes to the betterment of humanity. The prize carries an award of $10,000. Past recipients have included historians Serge Klarsfeld and Raul Hilberg and diplomats Uri Lubrani, Dennis B. Ross, Richard C. Holbrooke and Stuart Eisenstat. The Jewish Museum in Prague was the first institution to be awarded the Heller Prize, recognition for “the clarity of vision with which it has preserved the unique historical material documenting the centuries of vibrant Jewish life in Bohemia and Moravia and the destruction of European Jewry during the Shoah”. It was further stated: “Principle repository for one of the most extensive collections of Jewish art, silver and textiles, the Museum is today an inspiring example of an institution governed by conscience and memory. The Museum representing Jewish history and heritage is a vibrant symbol of Jewish survival as an institution devoted to memory, scholarship and education for future generations”.
 

 

 
The Most Beautiful Czech Book of 2003
Title page of the award-winning book
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The Most Beautiful Czech Books competition is held every year by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic in association with the Museum of Czech Literature. In 2003 (the 39th year of the competition), the Jewish Museum in Prague received the main prize in the specialist literature category for the catalogue Textiles from Bohemian and Moravian Synagogues. This book was published for the 2002 exhibition of synagogue textiles from the collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague at the Imperial Stables of Prague Castle.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Gloria Musealis Awards
Launched in 2002, the Gloria Musaealis competition is organized by the Czech Ministry of Culture and the Czech Association of Museums and Galleries in the Czech Republic. It comprises three categories – the Museum Publication of the Year, the Museum Exhibition of the Year, and Museum Achievement of the Year. The aim of the competition is to draw the public’s attention to the contribution of museums towards making accessible and making use of the cultural heritage and highlighting the most notable achievements of museum institutions and their staff.
 

 

 


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The 2003 Gloria Musaealis Award
At the 2003 Gloria Musaealis awards ceremony in May 2004, the Jewish Museum in Prague received first prize in the category ‘Museum Publication of the Year’ for the catalogue Textiles from Bohemian and Moravian Synagogues. This book was published for the 2002 exhibition of synagogue textiles from the collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague at the Imperial Stables of Prague Castle.<

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The 2005 Gloria Musaealis Award
The Jewish Museum in Prague received a special prize in the 2005 Gloria Musealis competition for the catalogue The Man who Never Gave Up The Story of Josef Polák (1886–1945) in the category ‘Museum Publications of the Year’. This book is written by Magda Veselská and was published for an exhibition of the same name at the Museum’s Robert Guttmann Gallery in late 2005 and early 2006.
 

 

 

 
The 2006 Gloria Musaealis Award
At the 2006 Gloria Musaealis Awards Ceremony in May 2007, the Board of the Czech Committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums), together with the Czech Ministry of Culture and the Association of Czech Museums and Galleries in the Czech Republic awarded the Jewish Museum in Prague the Czech Committee of ICOM Prize for the Year of Jewish Culture – 100 Years of the Jewish Museum in Prague project.
 

 

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