Lecture Series
Yiddish in Israel

Aug 2 – 6, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. @Eckermann
With Dr. Evita Wiecki Janina Wurbs
Before the Holocaust, Yiddish was the mother tongue of millions of Jews in Europe, and thus of most European immigrants to Eretz Israel. Yet the official language of the Zionist national project was Hebrew, while Yiddish led a fluctuating life in the shadows. Despite its relegation to the sidelines, the former language of everyday Jewish life in Eastern Europe was preserved and cultivated, leaving significant traces in Israeli culture and the Hebrew language. This lecture series provides an insight into Yiddish life in (Eretz) Israel in the 20th century, Israeli language policy and the current state of Yiddish in Israel.

The lecture will be held in German language.
Admission free

Lecture Series
Politics, Culture and Society
Aug 2 – 6, 6 – 7 p.m. @OMA
Free admission

In this lecture series, five distinguished experts from Israel and Germany will discuss social, cultural and political issues and initiatives directly linked to "The Other Israel." Each lecture will be followed by a reception in the OMA café, offering an opportunity to engage the speakers and other participants over a glass of wine.

Aug 2 Wed
An Insider's View: Yiddish and Politics in Israel
with Mendy Cahan director of YUNG YiDiSH, Tel Aviv

YUNG YiDiSH founder Mendy Cahan will share some of the insights gained during his thirty-odd years at the forefront of Yiddish cultural activity in Israel.

Aug 3 Thu
Culture as an Elixir of Life
with Dr. Olaf Glöckner Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum, Potsdam

Russian-speaking Jews who left the former USSR and their impact on Israel’s cultural life.

Aug 4 Fri
Can Music Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
with Dr. Abigail Wood Head of the Music Department of the University of Haifa

In this session we will look at a number of recent intercultural projects and examine the arguments for and against the power of music in conflict resolution.

Aug 5 Sat
The AJCC in Tel Aviv – Jaffa as a Model of Tolerance and Shared Society
with Ibrahim Abu Shindi director of the Arab-Jewish Community Center

In his lecture, Ibrahim will discuss the work done at the Center and its function as a model for tolerance and for the ideal of a shared society.

Aug 6 Sun
Pious women making music?!
with Shoshana Liessmann is a lecturer at the Goethe Institute and the LMU Munich

The rabbinical authorities of the Talmudic period considered the female voice beautiful, pure – and above all, seductive. They forbade men to listen to the voice of any woman (other than their own wives) singing. This lecture provides a glimpse into the musical world of (formerly) ultra-Orthodox women in Jerusalem.