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Jewish heritage in Prague extends well beyond the Jewish Quarter. Take the Jubilee Synagogue just steps off the Main Train Station, where Art Deco meets Moorish inspirations. Most locals walk past without noticing but they miss out this gem of a schul.

One thing special about this synagogue? A proper organ inside. So the next time you walk by, check out if they have a concert coming up. So with the new Jewish year around the corner, happy Rosh Hashanah! Have a great year everyone.
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😍 This stunning synagogue is just as vibrant and gorgeous inside! ⁠

Located in Prague, the Jubilee Synagogue (also known as the Jerusalem Synagogue due to its location on Jerusalem Street) was built in 1906, making it the newest synagogue in Prague. During World War II, the synagogue functioned as a repository of seized Jewish property.⁠

The synagogue still actively hosts services today, as well as visitors from all over the world — both Jewish history fans and architecture buffs alike.⁠

Photo via Wiper Mexico / Wikicommons⁠

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Torah Cover, 1600, Prague. From the collections of the Jewish Museum in NYC.

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New Year's Card created by Toyen and Jindřich Heisler.

Jindřich Heisler was Jewish, and during the Nazi Occupation of Prague, Toyen hid Heisler in her bathroom. Incredibly, during this time they both continued to produce works of art, and even created books which were distributed in clandestine throughout the city in tiny editions. They even had the nerve to create a book of drawings and poems in German, directly aimed at the Nazi occupiers, with the title 'Only Kestrels Calmly Piss on the Ten Commandments'.

Heisler also developed a new style of photography, which remains something of a mystery to this day. This card is an example. The landscape may have been created with glue, or flour and water, or vaseline, smeared on glass and placed over photographic paper, which was then exposed to light. They are essentially a form of Rayogram, with a unique method.

The work of Heisler is closely connected with Toyen, never more so than here, where he has collaged a drawing from her cycle 'The Shooting Gallery', into the photograph.

'P.f.' stands for the French 'Pour féliciter', meaning 'Felicitations'. These cards are traditionally sent around Christmas and New Years in Bohemia, where they are colloquially known as 'péefko'.

The tradition is said to have been started by Count Karel Chotek (1783-1868 ), who wanted to find a way to avoid visiting people during the holidays. French was the language of the Bohemian upper class at the time, as it was in many European countries.

This card is appropriately grim. Many of Toyen's circle of acquaintances did not survive the war, including her closest friend Jindřich Štyrský, who died of heart failure, exacerbated by restrictions on his medication by Nazi bureaucracy and supply chains during the war.

When Heisler emerged from hiding at the war's end, the ancient and vibrant Jewish culture of Prague had been utterly devastated.
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"Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way." (Proverbs 19:2) Shavua Tov from The Jerusalem Synagogue in Prague. 💜✡️💜. By the way, have you noticed the ring? What do you see? 😉#mystery_of_jerusalem .
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