Exhibition: Teddy Kollek. The Viennese mayor of Jerusalem
Apr
11
to Nov 25

Exhibition: Teddy Kollek. The Viennese mayor of Jerusalem

Hardly any other personality shaped Jerusalem in the 20th century like he did. Vienna native Teddy Kollek (1911– 2007) was the mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993. After the Six-Day War in 1967 and the reunification, he guided the neglected city to newsplendor and developed it into a modern metropolis. Kollek’s life journey tells of constantly worsening conditions in Vienna before the Anschluss, of his work to rescue refugees from the Nazi regime, and his efforts to enable a peaceful co-existence between Jews and Palestinians.

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Exhibition: Persecuted. Engaged. Married. Marriages of Convenience in Exile
May
16
to Oct 7

Exhibition: Persecuted. Engaged. Married. Marriages of Convenience in Exile

March 1938 marked the start of a race against time for Austrian Jews. Some Viennese Jewish women sought to escape through marriages of convenience with foreign citizens. The marriages were concluded on paper, be it out of solidarity or against payment, to enable these women to reach a country where Jews were not (yet) persecuted.

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Exhibition: The Place to Be. Salons - Spaces of Emancipation
May
30
to Oct 14

Exhibition: The Place to Be. Salons - Spaces of Emancipation

What made the Vienna salons the places to be between 1780 and 1938 would be described today as networking in the best sense. Mostly shaped by their Jewish hostesses, these communication spaces were also spaces of emancipation and empowerment in two respects: for women who were still excluded from public life, and for the development of a critical, middle-class civic society. The exhibition introduces the salons of Fanny Arnstein and Josephine Wertheimstein, right up to the reform salons of Berta Zuckerkandl and Eugenie Schwarzwald, as cultured spaces of politics and political spaces of culture.

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Guided Tour: Say Shibboleth! On Visible and Invisible Borders
Sep
2
to Feb 17

Guided Tour: Say Shibboleth! On Visible and Invisible Borders

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The exhibition presents the work of international artists who critically reflect and explore different aspects of the history and present of borders. Some of these borders are permeable and others fatal, some are visible and others reinforced by cultural codes, language tests and biometric markers. Borders determine life and death, defining “identity” and “otherness”. Located just a stone’s throw away from the banks of the “Old Rhine”, where in 1938 refugees tried to reach Switzerland, “Say Shibboleth!” explores the contentious history and present of border making and unmaking

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Long Day of Escape
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

Long Day of Escape

In the late summer of 2015 a large number of refugees came to Europe, Austria and finally to Hohenems. Three years later the Immigration numbers have taken off and the refugees were able to adjust to everyday life.
That evening four refugees from different countries of origin are going to report about their experiences in Vorarlberg.

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Book presentation: Gerhard Zeillinger „Überleben. Der Gürtel des Walter Fantl“
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Book presentation: Gerhard Zeillinger „Überleben. Der Gürtel des Walter Fantl“

Walter Fantl is one of the last surviving contemporary witnesses in Austria. Based on years of conversations and numerous original documents, the historian and journalist Gerhard Zeillinger traces his moving life, which leads from the sheltered childhood in Bischofstetten in Lower Austria directly into the horrors of the Nazi era, and then into the zero hour after being freed.

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ORF Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of Museums)
Oct
6
to Oct 7

ORF Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of Museums)

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, this year’s "ORF Long Night of Museums" takes place throughout Austria. Around 700 museums and galleries, among them the Museum Judenplatz and Museum Dorotheergasse, are involved this year and opening their doors to culturally interested revelers from 6 pm to 1 am. In addition to varied exhibitions, many exciting and specialized events are on offer. 

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Exhibition: Leonard Bernstein. A New Yorker in Vienna
Oct
17
to Apr 18

Exhibition: Leonard Bernstein. A New Yorker in Vienna

Leonard Bernstein, who was introduced to music in the synagogue of his childhood in Boston, studied at Harvard, and was based in New York, had a lifelong relationship with Vienna. From 1966 until his death in 1990 he returned on several occasions to work above all with the Vienna Philharmonic. As a Jew, Bernstein had an ambivalent relationship to this city.

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Exhibition: Kabbalah
Oct
31
to Mar 3

Exhibition: Kabbalah

The joint exhibition of the Jewish Museum Vienna and the Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam will explore Kabbalah in its widest sense: its historical developments including classical Kabbalah, early Jewish mysticism, practical Kabbalah and magic, as well as its modern offshoots in art and popular culture. The exhibition follows the traces and impacts the Kabbalah left in all forms of modern art (painting, sculpture and design), literature, film and music (classical, popular).

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Exhibition: Kurt Klagsbrunn
Dec
5
to May 12

Exhibition: Kurt Klagsbrunn

Kurt Klagsbrunn (1918–2005) was born 100 years ago in Floridsdorf. The son of a coal merchant and soccer official began studying medicine in Vienna before fleeing via Portugal to Brazil, where he turned his passion for photography into a career. The photographs that his nephew Victor Klagsbrunn has now donated to the Jewish Museum Vienna provide an insight into a dedicated and integrated Viennese Jewish suburban family who were forced to flee in 1938. Moreover, the exhibition presents an important, new visual addition to Viennese Jewish everyday history.

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Welcome to Refugeestan
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

Welcome to Refugeestan

Filmscreening (in English Language)

A sobering journey into a parallel world in which although no one caught, but no one is really free. In theory, refugee camps are a temporary solution of drip - but in practice, a fugitive spends on average 17 years of his life there.

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Salon talks at the Jewish Museum Vienna
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Salon talks at the Jewish Museum Vienna

Elke Krasny and Astrid Peterle are curating five evenings dedicated to the protagonists of the exhibition, such as Fanny von Arnstein, Berta Zuckerkandl and Anna Mendelssohn, at which ideas and meanings of the salon are discussed from today’s perspective. On the basis of selected texts, which are made available to interested parties in advance for reading, we activate the cultural and political dimensions of the salon together in the museum.

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Escape Routes – Following the Traces of Refugees and Helpers
Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Escape Routes – Following the Traces of Refugees and Helpers

Public guided tour (in German) - A walk to the border

Hohenems in 1938 was a possible gateway to freedom for Jewish refugees. Many attempted to get away from persecution in Nazi Germany and Austria, by crossing the old Rhine, the border between Vorarlberg and Switzerland. We follow their traces on a guided tour that starts at the Jewish Museum.

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European Day of Jewish Culture – Storytelling
Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

European Day of Jewish Culture – Storytelling

Public guided tour (in German)

Discover the diverse facets of Jewish every day life and Jewish history in the Jewish Museum and the former Jewish Quarter of Hohenems, with its unique ensemble of private and public buildings, from the synagogue and the Jewish school, to the mikvah and the Jewish poorhouse, most of them beautifully renovated.

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Permanent Exhibition and Jewish Quarter
Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

Permanent Exhibition and Jewish Quarter

Public guided tour (in German)

Discover the diverse facets of Jewish every day life and Jewish history in the Jewish Museum and the former Jewish Quarter of Hohenems, with its unique ensemble of private and public buildings, from the synagogue and the Jewish school, to the mikvah and the Jewish poorhouse, most of them beautifully renovated.

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Best Crown in Town
Jul
30
to Jul 31

Best Crown in Town

Do you know what a Torah crown is, where it is kept, and what is so special about it? Visit the Vienna City Temple with us and help discover the secrets. After an hour, we will continue together to the Jewish Museum Vienna and you will design your own Torah crown – perhaps the most beautiful one in the city

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Border crossing over the old Rhein
Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

Border crossing over the old Rhein

The old Rhein was a goal of survival for thousands of Jewish refugees in 1938. Many tried to escape the horrors of the national socialism and dared to escape to Switzerland first legal but soon illegal. The origin and eventful history of this green border will be at the heart of our bicycle tour along the river course. At several stops we will show you the landscape and tell stories of the old of Rhein - stories of successful and unsuccessful escapes, of resistance and collaboration, of escape helpers and deserters.

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Creating Things
Jul
5
9:00 AM09:00

Creating Things

Let the great things in the Jewish Museum Vienna inspire you ! Spice jars, seder plate, Shabbat candles, Hanukkah lamps or a Mezuzah. You can find out why you need it and pick out your favorite pieces.
In the design shop you work with different materials - old, new and even edible materials.

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