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The Prague Centre for Jewish Studies was established in early 2012 by the Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague. The Centre provides an interdisciplinary platform for the study of topics relating to Jewish people in the fields of history, literature, philosophy, language and culture. The Centre concentrates on the specifics of the Central-Eastern European region with special regard to the cultural memory of the city of Prague. The Centre thus creates space for the integration of teaching and research activities relating to Jewish Studies and can be seen as the culmination of continuous support for such activities on the part of the Faculty of Arts.

During the four years of its existence, the Prague Centre for Jewish Studies has organized a number of conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops with the participation of distinguished domestic and foreign experts. Its recurring activities now included not only the annual conference thematically reflecting both current events and important historical events, but also Israel week at Charles University, and Prague Colloquium on the Hebrew book. The most significant achievements of the Centre include the accreditation of Master's degree program in Jewish Studies, which is set to open for the first time at Charles University in 2016. The Prague Centre for Jewish Studies also annually publishes and promotes the release of both Czech and foreign language publications. Currently in print is the collective monograph entitled The Disintegration of Jewish life: 167 Days of the Second Republic, which will be published by the Academia publishing house. For more information see the annual report for 2015.


The last annual international conference Being Jewish in Central Europe Today was opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University, doc. Mirjam Friedová, Ph.D., Prof. Dina Porat, chief historian of Yad Vashem Memorial and director of the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, Tel Aviv University and representative and former Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg. The conference took place in October 13-15, 2015 at the Clam-Gallas Palace.


The Prague Hebrew Book Colloquium 2015 took place with the participation of important domestic and international experts, such as prof. Elhan Reiner (TAU), prof. Jonathan Meir (BGU) and doc. Pavel Sládek (FF UK).


The debate during Israel Week 2015 on the theme of Current Prospects of European Jews: Aliya, Assimilation or Anti-Semitism? with guests: H.E. Gary Koren (Israeli Ambassador to the Czech Republic), Louise Hecht (Centre for Jewish Studies of Kurt and Ursula Schubert FF UP) and Gabriel Noah Brahm (Northern Michigan University and Hebrew University), moderated by Marcela Zoufalá (Faculty of Arts, Charles University).

The Opening Ceremony of the Prague Centre for Jewish Studies took place on 29 April in 2012

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