Czeching In: The Rich History and Vibrant Present of Prague's Jewish Community

Thursday, August 8

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 09:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

Join us on a captivating journey through time as we uncover the remarkable history of Jews in Czechia and delve deep into the heart of Prague to discover its vibrant Jewish heritage. Explore Prague's Jewish Quarter and learn about its history and contemporary life on a virtual guided tour!

Beginning with a glimpse into the centuries-old history of Jewish communities in Czechia, we'll explore their legacy and contributions to the nation's cultural fabric.

Your guide will take you through the Jewish quarter called Josefov. As we navigate through the cobblestone streets of Prague, we'll witness the architectural treasures, synagogues, and historic sites that bear witness to the resilience and creativity of Czech Jewry throughout the ages. We will also visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, one of the oldest in Central Europe. Hear stories about the Jewish community and its most famous personalities!

But our exploration doesn't stop in the past. We'll also shine a spotlight on the present, providing insights into contemporary Jewish life in the Czech Republic. Learn about the current community, their cultural events, community initiatives, and the challenges they are facing today, which shape the lives of today's Czech Jews.

As a member of the Jewish community in Prague, your guide will also share her own experiences with you!

About Emma

Emma Günsberger graduated from the Lauder school in Prague, where she got involved in Jewish activism. For three years, Emma was part of the event management team of the student conference at Lauder schools "In Medias Res".

She is the current president of the Czech Union of Jewish Students (ČUŽM). In 2021 her Union was given the award "Developing Union of the Year" by EUJS. In 2022 she won the title "Union leader of the Year" and on top of that her union was awarded a prize for "Jewish Initiative of the Year".

She also collaborated on the "Never Again Right Now" campaign. She has been an active contributor to EUJS (European Union of Jewish Students) and WUJS (World Union of Jewish Students) seminars, congresses and other events. In addition, she wrote articles for EUJS's magazine "The Bridge" and JöH's magazine "Noodnik".

Nowadays, Emma is in third year of Middle Eastern studies at Charles University in Prague. Her field of focus is Persian and Jewish studies.

You will be asked to select one of these options:

General admission - $18

Supported admission - $9

Sponsor this talk  - $36

With your contribution, you will also be donating to the Czech Union of Jewish Students.