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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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29. 01. 2019

The Forgotten Ones

29. 01. 2019 18:00 - 20:00

Auditorium OVK, Maiselova 15, Prague

A documentary film that brings to light, for the first time, the Holocaust of the Jewry of former Yugoslavia. German Nazis, Croatian Ustashi, Hungarian Fascists, Bulgarian occupiers, nationalist Serbs, partly Italians, and even the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, all played their different roles in the Holocaust of Yugoslav Jewry.  To the genocide of the Jews, moreover, must be added those of Croatian Serbs and Roma.  This film offers a view of this little-known yet most emblematic chapter in the history of the Shoah. 
The movie will be introduced by Yechiel Bar-Chaim, former director of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JOINT) for central and Eastern Europe.
 

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03. 12. 2018

Next Year in Marienbad

03. 12. 2018 18:00 - 20:00

Auditorium OVK, Maiselova 15, Prague

In Next Year in Marienbad, Mirjam Zadoff writes the social and cultural history of Carlsbad, Franzensbad, and Marienbad as Jewish spaces of the period from late 19th century to the 30´s of 20th century. Secular and religious Jews from diverse national, cultural, and social backgrounds mingled in idyllic and often apolitical-seeming surroundings. During the season, shops sold Yiddish and Hebrew newspapers, kosher kitchens were opened, and theatrical presentations, concerts, and public readings catered to the Jewish clientele. Yet these same resorts were situated in a region of growing hostile nationalisms, and they were towns that might turn virulently anti-Semitic in the off season.
In English.


 

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20. 11. 2018

The Maharal Variations (Interpretation of Jehuda Liva ben Becalel)

20. 11. 2018 18:00 - 20:00

Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 1

Maharal’s enormous body of scholarship in Theology , Philosophy, Kabbala, and Biblical Exegesis reveals a thinker of exceptional intellectual power, productivity and enduring influence. His thought encompasses and impressively anticipates significant later developments in Western Philosophy. A great deal of modern academic study of Maharal tends to be within the area of Intellectual History which although contributing greatly to our understanding of basic conceptual notions, overlooks and ignores the basic creative artistic dimension of Maharal’s work and persona. As the near totality of his writings are situated in the area of Rabbinic Midrash and Aggada specifically dealing with picturesque legends, poetic musings and dramatic parable, Maharal embarked on a comprehensive interpretation of this literature in order to reveal its great depths of hidden meaning which then become the raw material of his intellectual system In our talk, we focus our attention on Maharal’s  B’eir HaGolah, the Well of Redemption, a literary defense of this genre of Rabbinic Literature. We will discuss a selection of creative interpretations from this work which we call the ‘Variations’ and will highlight the overarching poetic-literary nature of Maharal’s work and thus, his persona.  A talk by Martin Kaufman.
In English.

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