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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.
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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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10. 04. 2018

The Belfiato Quintet / A Concert for Yom Ha-Shoah

10. 04. 2018 19:00 - 21:00

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

A concert by the leading Czech wind quintet, featuring works by Antonín Rejcha (1770–1836), Josef Bohuslav Foerster (1859–1951) and Pavel Haas (1899–1944), a composer who was killed in Auschwitz. 

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06. 03. 2018

DUO MANERA

06. 03. 2018 19:00 - 21:00

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

An original musical project of Soňa Vimrová and Miroslav Žára (Professor Štěpán Rak's students) – will make you dance in rhythm of Spanish flamenco and Argentine tango. Night full of temperament and emotions presented by two masters of guitar. 

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06. 02. 2018

Nigun / Duo Jarmila Vlachová & Miroslav Vilímec

06. 02. 2018 19:00 - 21:00

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

A concert by the accordionist Jarmila Vlachová and the violinist Miroslav Vilímec. Featuring works by J. Sulzer (1850–1926), G. F. Handel (1685–1759), M. de Falla (1876– 1946), A. Schnittke (1934–1998), J. Achron (1886–1943) and E. Bloch (1880–1959). 

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