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Title:
Bohemian and Czech Jews in America
When:
04.14.2010 10.00 h - 15.30 h
Where:
Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C. - Washington
Category:
History

Description

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC, and American University's Jewish Studies Program and Department of History present the international conference “Bohemian and Czech Jews in America” on April 14, 2010, 10 am-3:30 pm. The aim of the gathering is to appraise the history of the Jewish community of Bohemian and Czech origin in the United States, as well as to acknowledge the achievements of this vibrant yet not well-known community and examine its proper place in American society, culture, science, and politics. The conference will be opened by H. E. Jan Fischer, the Czech Prime Minister. The schedule is below and attached for your information.

Please R.S.V.P. by April 9 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202/274-9105. A limited number of seats are available.
 

Location of the event: Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

In addition to the conference, the Embassy will have on view Czech photographer Karel Cudlin's exhibition: Rebirth of Jewish Life in Bohemia and Moravia after 1989. Twenty-nine black and white pictures offer an intimate look inside Jewish life and culture. Award-winning photographer Karel Cudlin has captured key moments that have shaped the course of history such as the Velvet Revolution, Czechoslovakia before 1990, and the Presidency of Vaclav Havel. His work has been featured in over 60 cities in both the U.S. and Europe as well as in numerous private collections. He has been awarded 16 Czech Press Photo prizes since 1996

*Photo by Karel Cudlin
Ritual first haircut (upsherenish), Prague, 2000, gelatin silver print, 10.6 by 14.7 in.
Caption: In the Jerusalem Talmud, there is the prohibition against the consumption of fruit from new trees for a period of the first three years. In similar fashion, Jewish boys do not have their hair cut until their third birthday, at which time the family holds a celebration that is called by the Yiddish word upsherenish (lit. haircut) and the boy’s hair is cut for the first time. It is considered a great honor for family members and friends each to get a snip.

Conference Schedule:


April 14, 2010

9:30-10 AM               Registration
 
10 AM                        Welcome by H.E. Petr Kolar, Ambassador of the Czech Republic

10:10 AM                   Opening remarks by H.E. Jan Fischer, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

10:30-11:00 AM       Mila Rechcigl (former President of The Society for the Arts and Sciences):
                                   “Bohemian and Czech Jews in American History”
 
11 AM-12:30 PM      1st Panel and Q&A. Moderated by Jenna Weissman Joselit 
                                    (Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History, The   George Washington University)
                   
                                    Petr Brod, journalist and author, Prague: “Jewish Czechs and Germans into American Jews:
                                    Changing Identities of Immigrants from the Bohemian Lands in the 20th Century”
                                 
                                    Wilma Iggers, Canissius College, Buffalo: “Hans Kohn: Citizen of Many Worlds”
 
12:30 -13:45 PM      Buffet lunch at the Embassy
 
2-3:30 PM                 2nd Panel and Q&A. Moderated by Pamela Nadell
                                   (Inaugural Patrick Clendenen Professor of History and Director, Jewish Studies Program, American University)
           
                                   Mark Talisman, President of Project Judaica: “Infusion of Jewishness and History and Politics from
                                   Prague to the U.S. and Back: Czech Jewish Life in the Communist Era”
 
                                   Helen Epstein, author and journalist: “An Ethnography of the Post-War Czech-Jewish Community of New York City”

                                   Peter Demetz, Yale University: “From a Different Perspective”
 
3:30 PM                    Closing of the Conference

For further questions, please contact:

Mary E. Fetzko
Public Relations Specialist
Cultural Section
Embassy of the Czech Republic
Phone: 202.274.9105
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Venue

Venue:
Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C.   -   Website
Street:
3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW
ZIP:
20008
City:
Washington
State:
D.C.
Country:
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