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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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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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19. 11. 2018

Commemorating the Kindertransports 80 Years On

19. 11. 2018 18:00 - 20:00

Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 1

In the aftermath of the Kristallnacht pogrom, the British government, urged on by public opinion and the efforts of refugee aid groups, agreed to offer temporary refuge to unaccompanied children from Central Europe who were threatened by Nazi aggression. The effort, now known as the Kindertransports, ultimately saved 10,000 mostly Jewish children under the age of 17 from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland from the Holocaust. The transports left Central Europe by train to the Netherlands, then continued on by boat to Great Britain. Eighty years later, the Kindertransports are an important example of a community of rescue, essential for enabling rescue during the Holocaust.
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransports, this multimedia event will combine talks from experts in the field as well video testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. Throughout the event, there will be screenings of survivor testimonies from the Shoah Foundation collection, including the testimony of Alfred Bader.

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09. 10. 2018

Democratization of Religion, Democratization of the Society

09. 10. 2018 19:00 - 21:00

Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Praha 1

The emergence and development of modern democratic values involved their emancipation from religion – in western societies, primarily from Christianity and Judaism. Religions in western society often adopt a democratic ethos and also help to shape it through their limited influence. But to what extent has this ethos imprinted itself on the structures of thought and the functioning of religious communities? Can religion be an agent of democracy even if it embodies principles that are inconsistent with democratic values? Or is religion an area of human experience where questions such as gender equality, authority or the functioning of institutions should be governed by other rules? A debate featuring William Cook (The State University in New York, USA) and Paul Cliteur (Leiden University, Netherlands). Moderated by Professor Pavel Hošek (Charles University, CZ). Part of the Festival of Democracy within the Forum 2000 Conference. In English. Limited capacity - reservation necessary at education@jewishmuseum.cz. Free admission.

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07. 10. 2018

Should We Get Packing? The Decline of Liberal Democracy and Rise of Antisemitism in Central Europe

07. 10. 2018 16:00 - 18:00

Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Praha 1

Anti-Semitism in Central Europe, somehow dormant for decades, is yet again back in the public sphere. In Hungary, Poland, but also in Slovakia, anti-Semitic motifs are used as an expedient tool in a search of a scapegoat who could be blamed for real, as well as, alleged domestic problems. Is a rising anti-Semitism a concomitant effect of the growing illiberalism? Will the Jews be yet again seen as ‘the Other’, as not part of the nation? Political leaders condoning anti-Semitism often keep very warm relations with Israel. How should a combination of anti-Semitism and pro-Zionism be explained? A debate featuring Shlomo Avineri (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL), Irena Kalhousová (LSE, UK), Konstanty Gebert (journalist, PL), and Martin Poliačik (politician, educator, SK). Moderated by Jan Fingerland (Czech Radio, CZ). Part of the Festival of Democracy within the Forum 2000 Conference. In English. Limited capacity – reservation necessary at education@jewishmuseum.cz. Free admission.

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05. 06. 2018

The Bennewitz Quartet

05. 06. 2018 19:00 - 21:00

Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 1
Entry: 230 CZK / 150 CZK

A concert by one of the leading Czech string quartets. Featuring three string quartets by Joseph Haydn (1732–1809), Theme and Variations for String Quartet by Hans Krása (1899–1944) and the String Quartet No. 3 by Viktor Ullmann (1898–1944). 

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02. 05. 2018

The Frizzante Ensemble / Poetry in Vocal Music

02. 05. 2018 19:00 - 21:00

Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 1
Entry: 230 CZK / 150 CZK

A concert by the Frizzante Ensemble (vocal quintet) with performances of works by composers from the Renaissance through to the present. Featuring songs by John Dowland (1562–1626), Alexander Zemlinsky (1871–1942), Viktor Merz (1839–1904), Gideon Klein (1919–1945), Paul Hindemith (1895–1963) and Hanns Eisler (1898–1962). 

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