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Press Invitation, 28 May 2014

We herewith invite you to the cultural program at the Jewish Museum Berlin in June 2014:

Program Accompanying the Exhibition: "The Creation of the World. Illustrated Manuscripts from the Braginsky Collection"

4 April to 3 August
The Creation of the World. Illustrated Manuscripts from the Braginsky Collection
The largest private collection of Hebrew manuscripts worldwide includes rare Jewish documents dating back as far as the 13th century. The lender and entrepreneur René Braginsky has been collecting rare historic jewels of manuscript art from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East for more than 30 years. The exhibition provides the opportunity to discover a true treasure of Jewish tradition. More than 120 objects give an insight into the richness and variety of Jewish book history and demonstrate the importance of text and scripture in Judaism.  After exhibits in Amsterdam, New York, Jerusalem and Zurich, the collection can now be viewed in Germany for the first time, including its most recently acquired items. The exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin provides the last opportunity to see the treasures from the Braginsky collection before the exhibits are returned to the private library of the collector. Location: Old Building, first level Admission: with the museum ticket More information can be found on www.jmberlin.de/braginsky/en

During the full exhibition running time, a Torah scribe will be working in the exhibition at these times:
Mon + Tues: 4 – 6 pm
Wed, Thurs, Sun: 2 – 4 pm
Tour through the Exhibition
Time: Sundays, 2 pm    
Duration: 1 hour
Admission: 3 Euro (plus museum ticket)
From 6 to 7 June (2 to 4 pm), the calligraphy Lahsen Azougaye will be demonstrating skills in Arabic script.

8 + 22 June
Art Breakfasts
Sunday morning art breakfast is all about scripts, manuscripts and creativity. Participants will gain insight into the crafts of making paper, calligraphy, illustrating, and bookbinding. Following a tour through the special exhibition "The Creation of the World" and breakfast together, participants are guided through the process of creating their own written documents and images.
8 June: In the Beginning was the Word: The Art of Writing
(Led by Cornelia Brauer, artist and designer)
22 June: Love Letters and Marriage Contracts: Illustration
(Led by Michal Zamir, artist and illustrator)
Time: 10.30 am – 2 pm
Meeting point: at the entrance to the exhibition, ground level of the Old Building
Costs: 25 Euro (incl. admission and tour through the exhibition, breakfast buffet, workshop, and materials)
Booking is necessary: g.struve@jmberlin.de or tel. +49 (0)30 25993 517

The Cultural Summer Program 2014

1 June to 21 September
Cultural Summer Program
There are currently several thousand people with an Israeli passport living in Berlin. Many of them are part of a very vivid scene covering all cultural sectors.
The Cultural Summer Program 2014 is dedicated to the "Iraelis in Berlin" in a musical and a literary event series – "Jazz in the Garden" and "Words beneath the Trees."
In these two series and the Cultural Summer Party, the Jewish Museum Berlin will present the lively Israeli cultural scene in Berlin from June to September, which will find its way onto the front pages in the years to come.

1 June
The Cultural Summer Party in the Museum Garden
The Cultural Summer begins this year with a big family celebration in the museum garden. The baking of mazzah bread, museum bingo, making musical instruments from recycled materials, a bigfoot race and a Hora dance workshop provide all sorts for visitors to try out and experience!
The bands of this year’s matinee series "Jazz in the Garden" will perform a brief taster gig on stage, among them Ofrin, Tal Balshai, and Efrat Alony. Oriental delicacies invite visitors on a culinary journey through Israel. And various themed tours provide the chance to explore the museum and its exhibitions – the tour through our current special exhibition "The Creation of the World" is followed by a workshop on Hebrew calligraphy.
Location: Museum Garden
Time: 3 – 8 pm
Admission to the Party in the Museum Garden: free
Admission for the guided tours: 3 Euro (plus museum ticket)
Admission for the workshops: 5 Euro (plus museum ticket)

14 June
Words beneath the Trees
Reading by Ilan Goren: Wo bist Du, Motek? (Where are you, Motek?)
Ilan Goren, a young TV reporter from Tel Aviv, came to the second most hip city in the world to trace his family history. The result is – among other things – a fast-paced, witty, thoughtful book, half novel, half reportage whose polyglot author would pass as a prototype of the new Berliner, if he were not, above all, this – an Israeli in search of his German roots.
The children’s program includes t-shirt printing.The garden bar is open.
Location: Museum Garden
Time: 6 pm
Admission: free

29 June
Jazz in the Garden
"Ofrin is more than music. Ofrin is Odysseus and the sirens together."
(Robert Gwisdek)
Having been involved in musical projects in Israel and the UK, the Israeli Ofri Brin moved to Berlin in 2005 where she founded the jazz duo "Ofrin" with the composer Oded K.dar. Ofrin’s diverse sound is no longer a secret on the Berlin music scene. Her highly acclaimed debut album "Rust & Velvet" (2005) was followed by "On Shore Remain" (2008), created in collaboration with producer and keyboardist Eddie Stevens (Moloko, Roísín Murphy, Zero 7). On her latest album "The Bringer," she works solo for the first time.
Children will find the popular museum’s bingo on the program.
The bar in the garden is open.
Location: Museum Garden
Time: 11 am
Admission: free

Academy Program

19 June
Panel discussion in English Islam in Europe. Contemporary controversies, genealogical continuities The presence of Islam in Europe figures today as one of the most contested points of discussion. Politicians, intellectuals, and public figures have positioned themselves towards this religious presence and the growing public visibility of Islamic religious practices has triggered debates throughout Europe. Several commentators argue that the contemporary position of Muslims in Europe is comparable to that of the Jews at the turn of the 20th century, and that we are witnessing the emergence of a "Muslim question."This evening will address the question to which extent it is possible to speak of certain historical continuities and whether contemporary debates on Islam in Europe are a reflection of a set of older tensions that are internal to the constitution of Europe.  Panelists: Gil Anidjar (Columbia University), Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College), Damani Partridge (University of Michigan), Ruth Mas (University of Colorado). Chairs: Nadia Fadil (KU Leuven) and Schirin Amir-Moazami (Freie Universität Berlin) In cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, KU Leuven and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin  Location: Academy Hall 
Time: 7 pm  
Admission: free 
Visitor Registration: tel. +49 (0)30 25993 488 or reservierung@jmberlin.de

Program for Children

13 June
Lyrix Writing Workshop and Award Ceremony In the writing workshop, young people between 10 and 20 years can enjoy their first experiences in creative writing with a well-known author. A subject and an object that relate to each other are the centerpiece of the writing workshop. The Jewish Museum Berlin has chosen a very artistic object for the theme of "partnership" – a ketubah (marriage contract). This Jewish marriage contract sealed the marriage of Moses and Stella in Rome in 1763. It serves as inspiration for the writing workshop participants to transform their thoughts and feelings about partnership into a poem. The texts can be entered for Lyrix 2014, a national competition. Around 12.30 pm, last year’s winners will be honored in an award ceremony.


Katharina Schmidt-Narischkin
Head of Press and Public Relations
Telefon: +49(0)30 259 93 419
Fax: +49(0)30 259 93 400

Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation
Lindenstr. 9-14, 10969 Berlin

Lyrix is a project by the German radio "Deutschlandfunk," the German Philologist Association and the German Museums Association, funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.
Time: 10 am
Duration: 3,5 hours
Admission: free
Bookings for the writing workshop on tel. +49 (0)30 25993 305 or bildung@jmberlin.de 

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