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„Leise blüht der Flieder. Perlen aus der jüdischen Wiener Kaffeehausliteratur“

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 07:00 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

An entertaining evening with Bernd Jeschek who presents excerpts from Vienna coffee house literature by writers from Heinrich Heine and Peter Altenberg to Egon Friedell. »more

“Vaterbilder, Exile” – an evening with Olga Flor and Julya Rabinowich

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 06:30 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Julya Rabinowich will read from her debut novel “Spaltkopf” (“Splithead”) published in 2011 and awarded the Rauris Literature Prize. In it she returns to the origins of her literary activities and the relationship with her own father. »more

Book presentation: Ioan Holender “Ich bin noch nicht fertig”

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 11:00 am
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Ioan Holender reviews his life after twenty years as director of the Vienna State Opera. In his autobiography he recalls his musical success and his childhood in fascist Romania, the confiscation of his father’s business by the Communists, and his departure in 1959 for Austria. »more

Book presentation: Robert Sedlaczek “Die Tante Jolesch und ihre Zeit. Eine Recherche”

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 06:30 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Did Tante Jolesch, her nephew Franzl and favorite niece Louise really exist? And who was Hugo Sperber? Robert Sedlaczek and Wolfgang Mayr follow up the characters and their real backgrounds in Torberg’s famous book. »more

"Die Frau von Pollak, oder wie mein Vater jüdische Witze erzählte"

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 06:30 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Miguel Herz-Kestranek reads and talks about his book “Die Frau von Pollak, oder Wie mein Vater jüdische Witze erzählte”. He tells the story of his father, who emigrated during the Nazi era, illustrated with his favorite jokes. »more

An evening with OLIVER POLAK: “Ich darf das, ich bin Jude – Die Endlesung!”

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 06:30 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The German comedian and author of the book “Ich darf das, ich bin Jude” brings not only Jewish humor to the Jewish Museum Vienna but also classical American stand-up comedy. »more

Oliver Polak © Gerald von Foris

“Qualtinger liest Qualtinger. Die rot-weiss-rote Rasse” with Vera Borek & Thomas Kaufmann

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 06:30 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Helmut Qualtinger, together with Carl Merz and Gerhard Bronner, was responsible for the legendary satirical cabaret programs of the 1950s and early 1960s. One of these collections of satires is “Die rot-weiss-rote Rasse,” published in 1979. It describes typical Viennese figures, many of whom will be familiar to all of us and have lost nothing of their absurd originality today. »more

Reading: Doron Rabinovici “Andernorts”

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 11:00 am
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

In his novel “Andernorts” Doron Rabinovici stirs up the relationships in a Jewish family, uncovers old secrets and observes the members as they pursue new furtive activities. At the end of this fascinating story all certainties are questioned. »more

Book presentation, reading & concert "Der letzte Klezmer – Das Leben des Leopold Kozłowski-Kleinman"

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 06:30 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Leopold Kozłowski-Kleinman is a legend not only in Poland. The 89-year-old fills concert halls wherever he appears. He has made it his life’s work to keep up the centuries-old tradition of klezmorim. The writer Jacek Cygan tells the story of his friend. »more


SHOW & TELL - Integration Week Vienna

Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 02:00 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Bring something to the museum: an object that says something about yourself, your home and your relationship to Vienna. During Integration Week these objects will be exhibited together with objects in the museum and shown online. »more

Free guided tours for adults

Every first Sunday of the month – next date May 5, 2013
03:00 pm Jewish Museum Dorotheergasse

04:30 pm 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).

Museum exclusive/inclusive – ICOM – International Museum Day

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 01:00 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

To mark International Museum Day we are offering a special communication project. You as the visitor can decide the content of the tour! »more

We celebrate Shavuot!
Family Sunday

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 02:00 pm
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Shavuot recalls the handing of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai. You can see how the Torah is decorated, and then in the Atelier your creativity will be called upon to design a new ornamentation for it. »more

Last chance! “Vienna Today 2012"

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 04:00 pm
Museum Judenplatz

The exhibition “Vienna Today 2012 – Photographs of Contemporary Jewish Life by Josef Polleross” closes on Sunday, 12 May. For those who have not yet seen it we offer a free guided tour at 4 pm on that day. »more


All MESHUGGE? Jewish Wit and Humor

until September 8,  2013
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Humor is an essential component of Jewish life. It reflects attitudes not only within the community but also towards an often hostile external world. Jewish humor is warm and human, after the Holocaust also cynical and black as pitch. It comprises a broad spectrum from its roots in Eastern Europe to Ephraim Kishon in Israel and Billy Wilder, Mel Brooks, and Woody Allen in Hollywood. In between was the heyday of entertainment culture in Vienna and Berlin: cabaret, revue, and film – or Karl Farkas, Fritz Grünbaum, Hermann Leopoldi, Friedrich Hollaender, Kurt Tucholsky, and Ernst Lubitsch; the Simpl and Kabarett der Komiker.
Curators: Marcus G. Patka, Alfred Stalzer

Our podcast collection aims to have the museum come alive for our online visitors by bringing them sights and sounds from our exhibitions, as well as offering unique views from behind the scenes. https://vimeo.com/jewishmuseumvienna

Photo: Jüdisches Kabarett der Zwischenkriegszeit in Wien © Jüdisches Museum Wien

meeting jedermann : rabinovich revisited

until May 26, 2013
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Born in Leningrad, Boris Rabinovich (1938–1988) worked as an architect and industrial designer, became a dissident in the former Soviet Union and finally came to Vienna, where he focused on the visual arts. The exhibition ranges from the first to the last series of Boris Rabinovich's Viennese works. Rabinovich experimented with light and shadow, the hidden, the faceless, the fading “me”, which is neither to be found in front of nor behind the mask. The Viennese Jewish novelist Julya Rabinowich puts the works of her father in comparison and confrontation with her own text and graphic work. The exhibition is a collage of memories and illustration.
Curator: Julya Rabinowich

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

May 23 to October 27, 2013
Museum Judenplatz

For a number of years now, the French artist Tatiana Lecomte, born 1971 in Bordeaux, has been investigating the question of pictorial memory and how traumatic events can be portrayed visually. She examines the suitability of images to communicate memories, what pictures show and what they cannot: the  “unrepresentable” inherent in every photographic representation. In doing so she works as well with cutouts and superimpositions. For her exhibition at Museum Judenplatz she also addresses the idea of the  unrepresentability of the Shoah.
Curator: Danielle Spera

Tatiana Lecomte "Tselem ve-tsilum“ © VBK Wien

We celebrate

Shavuot May 14-16, 2013

Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, is celebrated fifty days after Pesach. It has numerous significances. According to tradition it was on this day on which Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. Along with Pesach and Sukkot, Shavuot is one of the three Pilgrim Festivals in the Jewish calendar and is also a harvest festival, as it is the time of the wheat harvest in Israel. During the service the Book of Ruth and the Ten Commandments are read. Devout Jews study the Torah through the night in the synagogue. Recalling the promise that God made when the Jews left Egypt—to lead them into a land flowing with milk and honey—it is customary to eat dairy foods and cakes. To commemorate the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai, pastries are shaped like the Tablets of Stone or a mountain.
Chag Shavuot Sameach! Wishing you a happy Shavuot!

We reommend

European Jewish Choir Festival – Vienna 2013

From 9 to 12 May 2013 the Vienna Jewish Choir is hosting the first ever Jewish Choir Festival in Vienna. Jewish choirs from all over Europe will be performing for the first time together on one stage.
The gala concert “A SONG FOR PEACE” will take place at 6 p.m. on Sunday, 12 May 2013, in the Austria Center Vienna, director Roman Grinberg, presenter Danielle Spera. Ticket sales at www.oeticket.com.

„Der Zauber von Heiligenstadt“- Chamber music with the ENSEMBLE TRIS

Monday, 27 May 2013, 7.30 p.m.
Beethoven-Saal Heiligenstadt, Pfarrplatz 3

Beethoven was of great significance to the émigré composer and musicologist Hans Gal. Before emigrating from Nazi Austria he had, like Beethoven, lived in Probusgasse. Further information

„Die Kinder von Wien“

The play by Anna Maria Krassnigg based on Robert Neumann’s novel “Die Kinder von Wien” will premiere in the Expedithalle of the former Ankerbrotfabrik in the 10th district. A bombed-out cellar in post-war Vienna becomes a bitterly defended refuge for a few children who have survived the horrors of war. Part of the Wiener Festwochen. More information 

Sonntags-Brunch Deluxe

Come with your family for a fortifying Sunday brunch at the brasserie of Fleming’s Deluxe Wien City and follow it up with a visit to the Jewish Museum Vienna! More information

The Vienna Project

... places of remembrance. Karen Frostig’s project on Holocaust remembrance dynamically links different disciplines like video, typography, performing art, music, history and research. It is designed to heighten public awareness and also to combine scientific research with an artistic approach.
The results will be presented from 24 October 2013 on the streets of Vienna and along the Danube Canal. More information on the Vienna Project can be found at http://theviennaproject.org

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