Dear Readers,

June 4 , 2004

The three-day convention of the Rabbinical Center of Europe in Vienna earlier this year was such a milestone for Austria that we brought several articles to your attention in the last issue. Here is one more report on the same topic.

Israel’s President, Moshe Katzav, will come to Austria on an official visit at the beginning of July. His stay will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the death of Theodor Herzl on July 3, 1904.

On July 20, the Armed Forces History Museum in Vienna will open a special photographic exhibition on the circumstances surrounding the assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler by Lieutenant von Stauffenberg.

With the accession of ten new member countries of the European Union (EU), many Israelis are currently trying to acquire European citizenship.

Read about the Jewish Cultural Festival, the opening of a new synagogue in Vienna’s Leopoldstadt, the performance of an oratorio by Ruth Faizal, and an exhibition on the contemporary Viennese composers, Egon Wellesz and Hans Gál in Vienna’s Jewish Museum.

The Austrian daily, Der Standard, has interviewed Vienna’s Archbishop, Cardinal Schönborn and Jacob Allerhand, Professor Emeritus for Jewish- and Hebrew Studies about the Christian-Jewish Dialogue.

A book on the historical significance of the noble districts of Währing and Döbling is now available in English.

Yours sincerely,

Christoph Meran
Austrian Press and Information Service