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14. 11. 2019

Trio Maisel featuring guest vocalist Elizabeth Schwartz: L'Chayim!!

14. 11. 2019 19:00 - 21:00

Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 1

A special concert of a violinist Yale Strom, a contrabassist Peter Dvorský, an accordionist Aliksander Yasinski and a singer Elizabeth Schwartz. An evening full of klezmer, Chassidic and Roma melodies. The concert is held in the occasion of the opening of the exhibition of Yale Strom’s photographs called Fragments: Jewish Life in Central and Eastern Europe 1981-2007. Seat reservations recommended at education@jewishmuseum.cz
Free entry.

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13. 11. 2019

Fragments: Jewish Life in Central and Eastern Europe 1981 – 2007

13. 11. 2019 19:00 - 21:00

Auditorium OVK, Maiselova 15, Prague

Exhibition opening.  Photographic exhibition of Yale Strom, an American photographer and musician, explores the life in Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe between 1981 and 2007. His work covers both echoes of Jewish traditions in Post-War Europe (1981-1989) and gradually disappearing communities and thriving life in large cities (after 1989). The photos present an invaluable insight of an external observer. With the participation of the author. 
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13. 10. 2019

The Rise of Illiberalism: The Case of Israel

13. 10. 2019 16:00 - 17:30

Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 1

The basic pillars of democracy, among them independent courts and independent media, have become in many democratic states under the attack of democratically elected politicians. Nationalism and rights of a majority became accented at the expense of liberal values. In electoral campaigns, political opponents are depicted as a threat to the stability of a state. Israel is not immune to many of those trends. How robust is Israeli democracy? To what extent are illiberal tendencies in the USA and Europe similar or different to those in Israel? Can the growing focus on the Jewish character of Israel weaken the democratic character of the state? These topics and other issues will be discussed by Einat Wilf, a former foreign-policy adviser of Shimon Peres and a former member of the Knesset, Gadi Taub, a historian from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a political commentator, and Shlomo Avineri, a political scientist. Moderated by Irena Kalhousová.  The program is part of Festival of Democracy 2019, associated program of the Forum 2000 Conference.
Free entry.

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27. 06. 2019

Five evenings with Billy Wilder: The Front Page

27. 06. 2019 18:00 - 20:30

Auditorium OVK, Maiselova 15, Prague

The last part of the movie cycle of the film historian Alice Aronová is situated in a journalistic setting of Chicago in the 1920´s, to the times when Billy Wilder himself worked as an active journalist. A charming retro-story The Front Page (USA 1974, 105 min.) was based on a famous theatre play of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. Starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, the movie aptly describes the golden age of journalist craftsmanship.  In original (English) with Czech subtitles.
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18. 06. 2019

The Jews of Czechoslovakia and the JDC during the post-Communist transition

18. 06. 2019 18:00 - 20:00

Auditorium OVK, Maiselova 15, Prague

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has an ongoing tradition in the support of the Czechoslovakian Jewish communities. How did this organization face new challenges after the year 1989 and where did it focus its activities? How did the organization choose its priorities in the support to local Jewish communities and to which parts of cultural and social life did it pay the most attention? These and other questions will be discussed in the talk of Yechiel Bar-Chaim, the first director of JDC for Czechoslovakia in the post-Communist era. Lecture will be in English with Czech translation.
Free entry.
 

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05. 06. 2019

From Kocek to Košice

05. 06. 2019 19:00 - 21:00

Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 1

An evening of klezmer, Chassidic and Roma music performed by the American klezmer violinist and singer Yale Strom, Czech contrabassist Peter Dvorský and accordionist Aliksander Yasinski. Yale Strom is a musician, professor and artist-in-residence in the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Maisel synagogue and at the Jewish Museum´s Information and Reservation Centre (Maiselova 15, Prague 1), or through the Ticket Art network, Prague Ticket Office (online or at its shop in the Old Town Square) and the Jewish Museum’s website.

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16. 05. 2019

Five evenings with Billy Wilder: The Apartment

16. 05. 2019 18:00 - 20:30

Auditorium OVK, Maiselova 15, Prague

The fourth part of the movie cycle of the film historian Alice Aronová shows another favourite actor of Billy Wilder – Jack Lemmon. As a careerist clerk, Bud Baxter lends his apartment to his superiors for their romantic affairs. What happens when Baxter´s secret love appears in his apartment accompanied by his boss? Conversational comedy The Apartment (USA 1960, 120 min.) has been awarded by the Oscar Award for the best director and for the best screenplay. In original (English) with Czech subtitles.
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18. 04. 2019

Five evenings with Billy Wilder: The Seven Year Itch

18. 04. 2019 18:00 - 20:30

Auditorium OVK, Maiselova 15, Prague

The third part of a film series presented by the movie historian Alice Aronová introduces Billy Wilder as a master of comedy and film casting. The leading part of a naïve beauty in the romantic story The Seven Year Itch (USA 1950, 110 min.) was played by Marilyn Monroe, whose iconic air-vent shot made movie history. In original (English) with Czech subtitles.
Free admission.

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28. 02. 2019

Five Evenings with Billy Wilder: Double Indemnity

28. 02. 2019 18:00 - 20:00

Auditorium OVK, Maiselova 15, Prague

First part of the film series by movie historian Alice Aronová will be dedicated to the memories of the early years, which Billy Wilder (1906 – 2002) spent in Europe before his emigration to Hollywood in 1934. This significant filmmaker, scriptwriter and director of Jewish origin with over fifty movies and six Oscar Awards on his account, belonged to the Hollywood elite. The movie Double Identity (USA 1944, 107 min) tells a story of seemingly perfect murder. This master piece among dark thrillers was created based on a true story in cooperation with writers James M. Cain (1982–1997) and Raymond Chandler (1888–1959).
In English with Czech subtitles.
Free admission.    

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27. 02. 2019

How Disabilities Are Viewed in Torah

27. 02. 2019 18:00 - 20:00

Auditorium OVK, Maiselova 15, Prague

We know from Genesis, Chapter One, that God judged all of Creation to be Good.  But what about the prevalence of severe mental and physical impairments?  Are they too part of God’s plan for the Universe?  If so, should we see them as a blessing or a curse? Or might they be part of God’s purpose in some other way? This lecture by Yechiel Bar-Chaim, former director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JOINT) for Central and Eastern Europe, considers these questions as they are treated in Torah itself and as they are considered in various traditional rabbinical sources.
In English with Czech translation.
Free admission.

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