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24. 03. 2020

EVENT CANCELLED: The Maharal Variations: ‘The Court Rejects God’s Opinion’

24. 03. 2020 19:00 - 21:00

Maisel synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 1

We are sorry to inform you, that the lecture by Martin Kaufmann has been cancelled. We hope to welcome Mr. Kaufmann for a lecture in the near future.  

The Maharal of Prague was a remarkable genius whose extensive scholarly work extends from Law, Theology, Philosophy, into one the most intense explications of Mysticism ever produced. He was a well-known scholar and deeply respected communal leader whose broad interest, great curiosity and deep creativity was stimulated by the scientific and intellectual revolution of the Renaissance, the political turmoil of the Counter-Reformation and allowed to develop within the tolerant freedom of 16th Century Prague.
The lecture by Martin Kaufmann will closely analyse an actual text of one of Maharal’s writings taken from a group of 18 specific theological-Kabbalistic articles. Lecture in English without translation. / Free entry.

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17. 11. 2019

At the Crossroads: Jewish Life in Eastern Europe Today (1989)

17. 11. 2019 14:00 - 16:00

Auditorium OVK, Maiselova 15, Prague

A movie screening of a documentary depicting how the perestroika was affecting Jewish communities in Poland, Hungary and former Czechoslovakia, just as the Berlin Wall was falling. With his violin in hand Yale Strom, an American musician and ethnographer travels and speaks with individuals both from inside and outside of the Jewish community about what it means to be a Jew in a "new" Europe. Followed by a discussion with the author.  In English, with English subtitles.
Free entry.

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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. 
Free entry.

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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.
Free entry.

 

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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.
Free entry.
 

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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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