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December 2014

Monday 1 December, 6 p.m.: A Place for Dancing? An Incredible Story about Dance Lessons in Terezín and Dance Performances during World War II. A lecture by American dancer, choreographer and writer Judith Brin Inber will focus on the memories of Jewish dancers of dance lessons and dance performances in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. The lecture is based on interviews with the eyewitnesses and research in Yad Vashem – World Centre for Holocaust Research, Education, Documentation and Commemoration in Jerusalem. Held in English with consecutive interpreting into Czech.     Admission free

Wednesday 3 December, 6 p.m.:  “Now or Never”: Public Opinion and the Jews in Slovakia, 1945 – 1948.  The end of World War II was officially celebrated as a victorious event. But the following change of regime in 1945 was also connected with the change of social relationships. In post-war Slovakia as in many other European countries this transformation was a painful process that went hand in hand with a re-distribution of political and economic power. A lecture by Hana Kubátová from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague will focus on the public opinion on the official anti-Semitism of the war Slovak State and on the Jewish minority in Slovakia between 1945 and 1948. The lecture is held within the seminar on modern Jewish history organized by the Jewish Museum in Prague and the Institute for Contemporary History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and will be held in Slovak.     Admission free

Monday 8 December, 6 p.m.: Veiling Women within the Religious, Culture and Historical Context.  In today´s world the problem of veiling women is frequently discussed especially in connection with Islam.  To what extent do the images deeply stored in us respond to the reality and to what extent are they accompanied by misunderstanding and ignorance? A lecture by Jan Neubauer will acquaint us with the hot topic of today. The lecture will be accompanied by rich pictorial material.     Admission free

Sunday 14 December, 5 p.m.:  Our 20th Century. The series of Sunday programmes from the Jewish Museum in Prague in which we will introduce ten pairs of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust and their memories of World War II and the surrounding years. Mrs. Hana Hnátová (born 1924) and Mrs. Dita Krausová (born 1929) accepted our invitation to the December meeting. Moderated by Petr Sokol, a lecturer for the educational project Ours or Strange: the Jews in the Czech 20th Century.     Admission free

Monday 15 December, 6 p.m.: Between Prague and Jerusalem: Václav Havel, Diaspora and Israel. This month will be the third anniversary of Václav Havel´s death. As a writer and playwright Václav Havel had a profound relationship with Judaism particularly through Prague Jewish literature before World War II when Czech, German and Jew cultures met in Prague. President Havel’s relationship was not limited to the world of culture but also applied to some of his close friendships and his attitudes towards Israel. Even though he did not always avoid criticizing Israel, Havel defended the indisputable legitimacy of Israel both on the domestic and international field. Havel´s friends and former colleagues Eva Lorencová and Karol Efraim Sidon will talk with journalist Petr Brod about Havel´s relationship towards the Jews and Israel.     Admission free

Wednesday 17 December, 6 p.m.:  Jewish-Christian Discussions on the Origin of the Language of the Holy Scripture. Jewish and Christian medieval thinkers dealt with the questions of the origin and nature of language for various reasons. Some of these questions deeply touched common theological topics and therefore led to intellectual dialogue between both religions. Is a language a natural or conventional phenomenon? If a language is only a case of a social convention, where in the biblical text does God´s matter finish and where does man´s matter begin?  A lecture by Štěpán Lisý from the University of Pardubice deals with the discussion on the origin and nature of the language of the Holy Scripture between Christian and Jewish scholars in the Middle Ages. The lecture is held in collaboration with the Society of Christians and Jews.     Admission free

Sunday programme for children and their parents

Sunday 14 December, 2 p.m.: Lion Cub Celebrates Chanukah. Why does the Chanukahcandelabra have eight arms? And why do they eat doughnuts and potato pancakes at the Chanukah? Who were the Maccabees? We will light the lights on the Chanukah candelabra, play with dreidel, taste doughnuts and learn to sing a song.

Tour: The Klausen Synagogue     

                                                                                                                              Admission 50 CZK

The individual programmes admission is 30 CZK if not mentioned otherwise. The lecture hall is always open to the public 20 minutes before starting a programme. After the beginning of a concert or 15 minutes after the beginning of other programmes entering the Education and Culture Centre is not allowed.

Exhibition within the premises of the Department: Synagogues on Fire: The Night of Broken Glass of 1938 in the Czech Border Area. Held until 8 January 2015. Monday – Thursday, 2 – 4 p.m., Friday 10 – 12 a.m., during evening events and by advance appointment.

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