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Friedrich Torberg, „Auch das war Wien“
Book presentation

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 06:30 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The story of the love of the Jewish playwright Martin Hoffmann and the “Aryan” actress Carola Hell. The two lovers set up an apartment for themselves in Vienna and dreamed of a brighter future – and at this point the romance unexpectedly turned into a tragedy, as the love affair was overtaken by history. Talk with Journalist David Axmann, administrator of Torberg’s estate, and Peter Zimmermann, feature and culture editor of ORF/Radio. »more

„Wenn man trotzdem lacht“
Reading by Georg Markus

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 06:30 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Georg Markus has tracked down a fascinating chapter in Austrian history. He traces the origins of “Wiener Schmäh” and shows, citing numerous examples, how humor is a vital component of Viennese life. »more

2nd Viennese Jewish New Year’s Concert

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 07:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 07:30 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

We are pleased to invite you to the 2nd Viennese Jewish New Year’s Concert. Enjoy the Vienna Jewish Choir conducted by Roman Grinberg and guest appearances of Chief Rabbi Paul Chaim Eisenberg (September 9) and Chief Cantor Shmuel Barzilai (September 10). »more

Tribute: Anniversary of Mira Lobe's 100th Birthday

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 04:30 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Mira Lobe (born Hilde Mirjam Rosenthal; September 17, 1913, in Görlitz, Silesia) was an Austrian writer of nearly 100 children’s books. Some of her books were translated into English and other languages, such as „Es ging ein Schneemann durch das Land” , which became “The snowman who went for a walk” in English. We are very pleased to welcome Mira Lobe’s son Reinhardt to talk with him about his mother and her outstanding life. »more

„Trotz allem… Aron Menzcer und die Jugendalijah“
Book presentation

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 06:30 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Aron Menczer, the principal of the Youth Aliyah school at the age of just twenty-one became the most important representative of young Jews in Vienna from the outbreak of World War II until he was killed in 1943. »more

14th EUROPEAN DAY OF JEWISH CULTURE 2013 “Jewish Heritage and Nature”
Haberer and chaverim – or are there Jewish scouts? Guided curator tour

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 04:00 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The exhibition celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Jewish youth movement Hashomer Hatzair (the Young Guards) in the Annex of the Jewish Museum Vienna takes visitors on a journey through European culture and history. The guided curator tour not only looks at the exhibition but also links with other objects in the Museum, part of the largest Judaica collection in Europe. »more


Shana tova! Happy New Year!
Children’s program

Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 02:00 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The tour of the Museum explains why the Jewish New Year takes place in fall, and the role played by white clothes and sweetness. At the same time you will discover some of the objects in our collection! »more

Last chance! All MESHUGGE? Jewish Wit and Humour

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 04:00 p.m.
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The exhibition “All MESHUGGE? Jewish Wit and Humour” closes on Sunday, September 8. For those who have not yet seen it we offer a free guided tour at 4 pm on that day. »more

Free guided tours for adults

Every first Sunday of the month – next date September 8, 2013
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).


Euphoria and Unease. Jewish Vienna and Richard Wagner

September 25, 2013, to March 16, 2014
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

The year 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, one of the most controversial characters of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His essay “Judaism in Music” (1850 and 1869), his operas, and many other statements established him as one of the most prominent anti-Semitic figures within the German-speaking bourgeoisie. At the same time, his musical creativity, the idea of the “Gesamtkunstwerk” [total work of art], and the cult of genius exerted an enormous influence both during his lifetime and thereafter. The exhibition at the Jewish Museum Vienna focuses on his extensive and contradictory impact on Vienna, a city that quickly became a center of the Wagner cult.
Curator: Andrea Winklbauer
Consultant: Leon Botstein (New York), Hannes Heer (Hamburg)

Richard Wagner from Guido Adler Wagner-Vorlesungen, Wien 1904 ©  Jewish Museum Vienna

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: Jewish cabraet in Vienna during the period between the World Wars © Jewish Museum Vienna

Chaverim Chasak! Centennial of the Haschomer Hatzair Jewish youth movement

until January 6, 2014
Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse

Chaverim Chasak! Friends be strong! This motto characterizes the almost 100-year existence of the Jewish youth movement Hashomer Hatzair (The Youth Guard). Founded in Galicia in 1913, it survived World War I and the interwar years and even the catastrophe of the Shoah. The heroic role played by supporters of this organization in revolts against the Nazi regime, culminating in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, has influenced dozens of generations of “shomrim” in their search for a Jewish identity. In their striving for the Zionist ideal they became pioneers in the land of Israel. The Hashomer was not only officially founded in Vienna but was also instrumental in reforming Jewish life after 1945.
Curator: Dan Fischman

» Podcast

Photo: Mönichkirchen, Lower Austria, 1953/54, private ownership

until 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

» Podcast

Tatiana Lecomte „Blauer Paradiesvogel“ © VBK Wien

We celebrate

Rosh Hashanah, September 4-6, 2013

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and a two-day festival. Rosh Hashanah literally means “Head of the Year” and is always celebrated on the first two days of the month Tishrei. The shofar, a wind instrument made from a ram’s horn, plays an essential role in New Year’s celebrations at the synagogue. Different notes are played on the shofar according to a specific rite to call people to reflect and announce the start of the penitential period. Food dipped in honey is eaten at Rosh Hashanah -- it symbolizes a “sweet”, meaning good, New Year.

Greeting Card © Jewish Museum Vienna

Yom Kippur, September 14-15, 2013

Yom Kippur is the highest holiday in the Jewish calendar. This holiest day of the year is celebrated 10 days after the Jewish New Year festival Rosh Hashanah. It is a very strict fasting day and is marked entirely by intensive prayer. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes the fate of each person in a book at Rosh Hashanah. However, the verdict can still be influenced positively through prayers up to Yom Kippur. Thus, this day should be taken to concentrate on ironing out one’s relationship to God.

Shofar © Jewish Museum Vienna

Sukkot, September 18-25, 2013

This seven-day festival, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, recalls the exodus from Egypt and is one of the oldest festivals in Judaism. Families traditionally build a sukkah (Hebrew for hut) of branches, straw, or leaves outdoors wherever they have room – in the garden, courtyard, car park, balcony, or on the roof. The inner walls are decorated with flowers, garlands, and green twigs. In the middle of the sukkah is a festively laid table. Families are meant to spend as much time as possible in the sukkah – for meals, reading, etc. The festival ends with a special service, Hoshana Rabbah.

Sukkot Centrepiece, Vienna 1862-1870 © JMW, IKG Collection

Simchat Torah, September 26-27, 2013

Simchat Torah often includes a festive procession in which the Torah scrolls are carried round to be touched and kissed by the congregation. There is dancing, singing, and prayers. The Torah is divided into sections and read out from beginning to end over the course of a year. Simchat Torah marks the reading of the last section of the old cycle and the first of the new. Two members of the congregation are chosen to read these two sections. They are called Chatan Torah (bridegroom of the Torah) and Chatan Bereshit (bridegroom of Bereshit, the first section). The synagogue is decorated with lamps and banners.
The traditions associated with the festival evolved over a long period and differ from one community and location to another.

celebrating Simchat Torah, photographed by Margit Dobronyi, © Jewish Museum Vienna

Save the Date!

“Our City! Jewish Vienna - Then to Now”

From November 19, 2013, visitors to the Jewish Museum Vienna will be able to experience the new permanent exhibition “Our City! Jewish Vienna – Then to Now.” Twenty-five years after its (re-)establishment and twenty years after moving into the Palais Eskeles, the Jewish Museum is once again setting an innovative standard.

The journey starts from 1945 to the present. It describes the tedious progress after 1945 towards the rebuilding of the Jewish community – a community that just seven years earlier had been the largest German-speaking Jewish community in the world and the third-largest in Europe – to its present-day modest but highly dynamic presence. »more

We recommend

Kibbutz Klub: Party like it's 5774!

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 10:00 p.m.
CLUB U, Künstlerhauspassage, Karlsplatz, 1010 Vienna

DJ Aviv without the Tel (Berlin Meschugge, Berlin) wishes SHANA TOVA! Enjoy Israeli Pop, Mizrachi, Isratrash and Oriental Buzz. Join the http://facebook.com/KibbutzKlub


Opening hours

The Jewish Museum Vienna will be closed on Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah on September, 5 & 6, and because of Yom Kippur on September, 14.

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