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Adult Outreach - Alexandria: Culture in the Czech Republic

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA

Contact: Shelly Rosenstein

Phone: 703.537.3062


Presented by Embassy of the Czech Republic Official

On October 28th, 1918, almost 100 years ago, Czechoslovakia declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Since then, it has gone through many political, economic and social changes, and today is a thriving center for music and art. Join us as a Czech embassy official talks to us about the cultural scene today (Czechs are renowned for their glass making and crystal), and about the many Jewish artists and their influences in the country. Notable Czechs include Madeline Albright, Anton Dvorak, Franz Kafka, and Martina Navratilova, to name just a few!
Fee: $5 all participants
RSVP:, 703.537.3062

As a special follow-up program, on Wednesday, October 31, we will watch the film Zuzana: Music is Life, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon. See more information about this program below. Both programs will give you a greater appreciation for this small but important country and its people.

Special Documentary with Filmmakers Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon
Zuzana – Music is Life: A Story of Love, Tyranny and Triumph
Documentary | 83 minutes
Wednesday, October 31st, 10:30am–12:30pm

ZUZANA: MUSIC IS LIFE is the triumphant story of Zuzana Ruzickova, who became a world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach under the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia, after surviving three concentration camps during her teenage years. Known as ‘the Jew who brought Bach back to Germany,’ she is the only person in the world to record all the keyboard works of Bach, which Warner Music re-released in a 20-CD box set in 2017. Twice voted Best Documentary at the Washington and LA Jewish Film Festivals, this magnificent film speaks to the healing power of music, and living for a higher purpose when brutality abounds. The documentary is produced and directed by the DC-based, award-winning team Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon, in co-production with Czech Television and with support from Executive Producers Frank and Emily Vogl of the Kalabis Foundation.

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

Fee: $10 all participants (includes movie, presentation, and bagels and cream cheese)
Please Note: (Bagels will be served starting at 10:00am; film will start promptly at 10:30am)

Code: #9461

Submit payment and registration form to the J, attn.: Shelly Rosenstein.



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