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Dear visitors,

I should like to take the opportunity before Chanukah and the New Year in Austria to inform you of some news about the Jewish Museum Vienna. We are delighted at the positive reports in the media about our new exhibitions “Vienna’s Shooting Girls. Jewish Women Photographers from Vienna,” “Vienna Today 2012. Photographs of Contemporary Jewish Life by Josef Polleross,” and “The Waiting Room of Hope. The Rothschild Hospital in November 1947 - Photos by Henry Ries”. 

We are particularly pleased to have received several donations and permanent loans this year. Federal President Heinz Fischer has presented the Museum with a Torah pointer he received from Leon Zelman, founder of the Jewish Welcome Service. André Heller gave us a facsimile of his Warhol portrait, and Gabriele Brandenstein her photo documentation of Warhol’s visit to Vienna in 1981. The Sigmund Freud portrait by Andy Warhol was donated to us by Novomatic and the entire series of ten portraits has been left to us on permanent loan by Georg Muzicant. The first of these portraits, of Martin Buber, can currently be seen in the foyer of Palais Eskeles. We were particularly fortunate to obtain a plaque with a list of benefactors, which Christine Ottinger discovered by chance when making alterations to her house in Vienna. Apart from Emperor Franz Joseph, the plaque contains the names of prominent Jewish families at the turn of the twentieth century who made donations to a medical welfare project in Vienna. We thank all donors for their gifts.
This plaque will be seen in the new permanent exhibition at the Museum, which is to be opened in November 2013 to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna. We will also be showing major exhibitions in 2013 on Jewish humor and on Richard Wagner and Jewish Vienna to mark the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Judenplatz will be devoted in 2013 to contemporary art.
A year after our reopening, it is a great pleasure to present our new café. Café Eskeles has been managed since November by the Goldstein family, who offer a choice selection of vegetarian dishes as well as kosher cakes, tarts, and confectioneries. Israeli and oriental Jewish specialties are also available.
I should therefore like to invite you to take advantage of the museum’s exhibitions and facilities and to welcome you to our Chanukah afternoons, when we shall be lighting the candles together. I wish you Chanukah sameach, happy holidays, and a “guten Rutsch” into the New Year. (Incidentally, this German greeting is apparently derived from the Hebrew “rosh” = head.)


Book presentation "Taubenfüttern ist nicht genug“

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 6:30 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The psychotherapist Ronny Scheer has studied ageing and come up with some astounding findings. Many old people consider that the active part of their lives is behind them and that it is now time to let go. This at least is the proposition at the beginning of the book. What follows is an honest, humorous, and serious appraisal by the author demonstrating that this proposition does not hold. On the contrary! »more

“Das rote Fahrrad” - Reading with Paul Lendvai & Mercedes Echerer

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The diary of Eva, a precocious Hungarian girl, published posthumously by her mother, is a gripping document covering a period of three and a half months in which Eva describes her small pleasures and the fearful waiting in early 1944 before her deportation to Auschwitz. »more

Let´s celebrate Chanukah together!
Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 05:30 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

We invite you to light the candles of our Chanukah-candelabrum at the museum. There will be music and special treats for you! We also prepared a “sweet Chanukah Calendar”, in addition to a music performance by the children’s choir of Jehuda Halevi Music School.
Every day we will open one of the presents that contain Chanukah symbols, made by former Imperial and Royal Court Confectionary Bakery Demel. Our presents will be raffled among our visitors on the last day of Chanukah.

December 9, 10, 11 at 5:30 p.m.
December 12, 13, 14 at 03:30 p.m.

Jewish Filmclub at the Jewish Museum Vienna
"Yiddle With His Fiddle"

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

"Yiddle With His Fiddle" is one of four masterpieces shot by director Joseph Green while he was still in Poland. Apart from “Mamele” (1938, also by Green), this was the only Yiddish film in which Molly Picon, the undisputed star of Yiddish theater, had a speaking and singing role. A romantic comedy filmed in 1936 in Kazimierz and Warsaw, it brings to life the world of Eastern European Jewry that was to be lost forever. »more


Christmas Vacation Game - Celebrating Chanukah!

Monday, December 24, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.

You can celebrate two festivals at once in the Christmas vacation at the Jewish Museum Vienna. Look forward to an exciting afternoon in which you can find out what Chanukah celebrates, what people eat and drink and what presents they give to one another. There will also be all of the Museum’s Chanukah menorahs, a dreidel and dreidel casino, and Chanukah stories to read out. »more

Free guided tours for adults

Every first Sunday of the month – next date December, 2, 2012
03:00 p.m. Jewish Museum Dorotheergasse
04:30 p.m. Museum Judenplatz

The Jewish Museum Dorotheergasse gives insight into the unique collections of Judaica and ritual objects. The visible Storage also shows works of art and memorabilia from Viennese and Austrian synagogues.
At the Jewish Museum Judenplatz we invite you to take a virtual walk through the Jewish Vienna in the Middle Ages to experience the Jewish life in medieval times. Furthermore, the foundations of the synagogue which was destroyed in 1421 can also be visited (only in German).


The Waiting Room of Hope. The Rothschild Hospital in November 1947 – Photos by Henry Ries

until February 17, 2013
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

After the Shoah and the end of World War II the Rothschild Hospital in Vienna was used as a temporary refugee camp and center of a Jewish existence that was taken up in many cases with waiting and hoping. Henry Ries (1917–2004), who emigrated in 1938 from Berlin to the USA, worked in Europe as a photo journalist for the New York Times from 1947 to 1951. His photographs uniquely document the fate of Jewish survivors and refugees. The Jewish Museum Vienna presents these documents on the occasion of the 95th birthday of the German-Jewish photographer who died in 2004.
Curator: Danielle Spera

Photo: Henry Ries © The New York Times/DHM

Vienna’s Shooting Girls. Jewish Women Photographers from Vienna

until March 3, 2013
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The exhibition “Jewish Women Photographers” presents the photo studios of Jewish women. An unusually large number of Jewish women, usually from wealthy families, chose this profession in Vienna. The Jewish Museum looks at the reasons for this and by restoring it to the collective memory makes a bit of Viennese Jewish history accessible once again. The exhibition follows the photographers into the exile that brought an arbitrary end to this story for Vienna but enabled them to continue their work in other countries and continents.
Curators: Iris Meder, Andrea Winklbauer

Photo: Trude Fleischmann, „Dolly Haas als Scampolo“, ca. 1932, © Photoinstitut Bonartes

Vienna Today 2012. Photographs of Contemporary Jewish Life by Josef Polleross

until May 13, 2013
Museum Judenplatz

Harry Weber’s photo-book “Heute in Wien” appeared in 1996 alongside an exhibition of the same name at the Jewish Museum Vienna. The impressive black-and-white photos made history. Sixteen years later the Viennese photographer Josef Polleross has followed the traces of Harry Weber to provide a photographic record of life in the Jewish community today, particularly in Vienna’s 2nd district Leopoldstadt. Polleross’ pictures are a continuation of Harry Weber’s series but also show the changes within the Jewish community and its growth over the last sixteen years. They provide an insight into the diversity of Jewish life in Vienna today.
Curator: Astrid Peterle

Photo: Josef Polleross, Sukkot, Oktober 2009


Chanukah, December 9-16, 2012

From 25 Kislew to 3 Tewet 5773 (Dec 9 to 16, 2012) Jews around the world celebrate the Festival of Lights “Chanukah” (hebr. dedication or inauguration). Chanukah commemorates the victory of a small group of Jews, led by Judah Maccabee over the Hellenistic Seleucids in 164 BCE, who tried to force the Jews to abandon their religion. In the desecrated temple the Maccabees found a jug of oil, the content of which was only sufficient for a day, but it lasted for eight days. In memory of this miracle Chanukah is celebrated each year. For eight days, candles on a Chanukah menorah (“Chanukia”) are ignited, the ninth light, the “Shamash” (hebr: servant) is used for lighting the other candles. Chanukah is a family celebration, songs are sung, fried food, like donuts or potato pancakes, is eaten, and games are played, e.g. with a Dreidel, a spinning top. Each side of the dreidel bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet: Nun, Gimel, Hey and Shin. These letters stand for the Hebrew phrase “Nes Gadol Haya sham” (hebr: A great miracle happened there).


Café Eskeles

Our new café offers a range of Mediterranean, Israeli and Jewish dishes – without meat. Various breakfasts are served in the mornings, rounded off by fresh drink creations: tropical smoothies, mango lassi, or mint lemon lemonade. A lunch menu and Mediterranean and Israeli specialties are offered from around 12 noon, served, if you wish, with Israeli beer or kosher wine from Israel or Weingut Hafner. »more

Present idea

Are you looking for a Chanukah present? What about our new shoulder bag? It is plastic, 29 x 42 cm in size with a practical inside pocket and comfortable shoulder padding. Available for € 24,90 at Bookshop Dorly Singer in the Jewish Museum in Dorotheergasse.


Exile - yesterday, today, tomorrow?

Monday, December 3, 2012 - 6 p.m.
Institut für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Berggasse 17, 1090 Vienna

Panel discussion with Gabriele Anderl, Irene Messinger, Julya Rabinowich and Renate Welsh-Rabady
Presentation: Joana Radzyner
Presentation of the Magazine Zwischenwelt May 2012 »FRAUEN IM EXIL. NEUE FOLGE« More Information

Chuzpe. Based on the Novel "You Gotta Have Balls" by Lily Brett

December 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 23, 2012
Theater in der Josefstadt, Josefstädter Straße 26, 1080 Vienna
Ruth (Sandra Cervik)  has brought her 87 year old father Edek (Otto Schenk), a widowed Holocaust survivor, from Melbourne to New York to live out his last years. He surprises her by surviving in a spectacularly successful manner. More Information

Film Festival "this human rights"

The International Human Rights Film Festival “this human world” is taking place for the fifth time until December 9, 2012. Four cinemas in Vienna will be showing films focusing on human rights and their assertion. The Festival also includes numerous documentaries, animated and feature films from Israel. More Information


Opening hours Christmas/New Year
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse
Museum Judenplatz

December 24, 2012, 10:00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.
December 25, 2012, 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
December 26, 2012, 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
December 31, 2012, 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m..
January 1, 2013, 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

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