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Jewy & Daring!

Long Night of Museums 2017

This year's Long Night of Museums celebrates people who have defied rigid social roles – with express tours through the exhibition Cherchez la femme and a peek behind the scenes.

Meet the photographers Ellen Auerbach and Yva, Felice Schragenheim aka Jaguar from Aimée and Jaguar, and the first female rabbi, Regina Jonas. "Einstein of Sex" Magnus Hirschfeld also explored the boundaries of gender and identity.

In the Glass Courtyard, we will show scenes from the highly-acclaimed Amazon series Transparent and ask ourselves what makes the Pfeffermans’ story so "jewy, queer, daring and political." Zohar Melinek Ezra and Afek Testa Launer bring their new documentary series Spectrums to Berlin, which shows portraits of people from the transgender community in Israel.

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Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Libeskind building is marked in green


Libeskind Building
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Express Tours

6 pm | 7.30 pm | 11 pm
The Magic World of Books: Tom Seidmann-Freud (for children and adults)

Tom Seidmann-Freud (1892-1930) was a painter, children's book author and illustrator, and publisher. At the age of fifteen, Tom Seidmann-Freud, Sigmund Freud’s niece, adopted the male first name under which she successfully published picture books with style elements inspired by art nouveau, “New Objectivity,” and expressionism.

6.30 pm | 11.30 pm | 12.30 am
(in English at 9 pm)
Women and Photography: Auerbach, Freund, Yva

The photographers Ellen Auerbach (1906-2004), Gisèle Freund (1908-2000) and Yva (born in 1900, murdered in 1942) became established in Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s.

7 pm | 9.30 pm
Clay, Wheels, Shards: Grete Heymann-Loebenstein

In 1923, the ceramist Grete Heymann-Loebenstein (1899-1990) founded her own ceramics workshop in Marwitz, which after her "Aryanization" was managed by Hedwig Bollhagen. Heymann-Loebenstein's designs were known worldwide as "Greta-Pottery" after she fled to England.

10 pm | midnight
(in English at 8 pm)
The Third Gender: Magnus Hirschfeld

Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) was a pioneer of sexual science whose research included the theory of "sexual intermediacy." Founded in Berlin in 1919, his Institute for Sexual Science was destroyed by the Nazis on 6 May 1933 during the book burning.

8 pm | 9 pm
Cherchez la femme

The exhibition Cherchez la femme shows a selection of associative standpoints on concealing the female head and body – traditional customs meet contemporary fashion, religion meets secular societies.

8.30 pm | 10.30 pm
The First Female Rabbi: Regina Jonas

Regina Jonas (born in 1902, murdered in 1944) was the first woman in the world to be ordained a rabbi in Berlin in 1935.

View of a room in the exhibition Cherchez la femme with portraits of women on one wall, a dress in a glass case, and a photo of a woman with two wigs on another wall

The exhibition Cherchez la femme; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Yves Sucksdorff

Screenings the Glass Courtyard

Transparent (English with German subtitles)

The Dramedy Series Transparent (USA 2014–2016), produced by Jill Soloway, offers unique insights into Jewish traditions and history – from the question of whether a transgender woman is allowed to light Shabbat candles to the history of Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin of the 1930s. We will show selected scenes from season 1-3. With the kind permission of Amazon Studios.

Spectrums (Hebrew with English subtitles)

The documentary series Spectrums (Israel 2017), produced by Zohar Melinek Ezra und Afek Testa Launer, presents the social and spiritual world of ten members of Israel’s transgender community. The stories break every stereotype about gender and the transsexual experience and inescapably form a portrait of the Israeli periphery in 2017. With the kind support of the Israeli Embassy.

Panel Discussions on the Museum Sofa

7.15 pm | 10.15 pm
Aimée & Jaguar

Lilly Wust’s Bequest at the Jewish Museum Berlin

8.15 pm | 11.15 pm
Queering Time & Space

Kerstin Steitz in Conversation with Daniel Schreiber on Jewish Identity and the Transgender Community in IsraelTransparent

9.15 pm | 12.15 am
No Compromises (in English)

Zohar Melinek Ezra and Afek Testa Launer on Spectrums and the Transgender Community in Israel

Hari Nef from the series “Transparent”.

Hari Nef from the series Transparent; photo: Amazon Studios

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  • Entry fee

    Admission with the Long-Night ticket; available at the museum cash desk

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