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Mdina Glass - The headquarters and factory of Mdina Glass in Ta´Qali

Mdina Glass is a manufacturer of glassware, based in Malta. It was founded in 1968 by Michael Harris, a lecturer in industrial glass design at the Royal College of Art. Attracted by various government incentives offered by newly independent Malta, Eric Dobson and Michael Harris (Royal College of Art colleagues) ventured out to Mediterranean island from the UK with the aim of opening Malta's first ever glassware manufacturer. The company, Maltese Glass Industries (which soon changed to Mdina Glass), became an active glassmaking company in 1968. Mdina Glass was an instant success and soon the company was taking on local trainees to learn the craft. One of these trainees was Joseph Said, quickly impressing Harris and Dobson with his natural abilities in glassmaking. In 1971, two Italian maestros, the father and son team of Vincente and Ettore Boffo joined Mdina Glass to introduce Italian glassmaking techniques. Following independence from the UK in 1964, the Maltese government offered incentives for skilled workers and entrepreneurs from outside the island, in order to build up the industrial and commercial sectors of the economy. This included a 10-year tax holiday. Due to personal reasons, Harris left Mdina Glass in 1973, leaving Eric Dobson alone at the helm and by 1975, once promising trainee Joseph Said had climbed the ranks to become the company’s Production Manager, acting as a catalyst for a number of changes, revolutionising the way the company operated and what it produced. At the end of 1967 Harris and Eric Dobson, another lecturer from the RCA, imported glassmaking equipment to Malta, and set up Maltese Glass Industries. In 1985 Eric Dobson chose to relinquish control of Mdina Glass and return to the UK. The company wasn’t doing as well as it had done in previous years. Joseph Said took over and, under his control, the company went through some quick changes to remedy the commercial situation in challenging times. Said’s influence was evident by 1987 when Mdina Glass won the International Award for Tradition and Prestige in Brussels. Two years later, Mdina Glass presented a glass sculpture to the Maltese Prime Minister to commemorate the Bush – Gorbechev Malta summit. In 1992, the company won the Malta Achievement in Industry Award.

Further significant changes in glassmaking techniques, production processes and product range marked the 1990s. Basic raw materials were changed for those of a much higher quality. In 1990, Mdina Glass introduced lampworking techniques to Malta, and by 1995 its artisans were also honing their skills in applying the newly introduced fusion techniques to a whole new range of products. Harris trained a number of Maltese nationals as glassmakers, employing around 15 people when the firm became established.[1] His first apprentice, Joseph Said, took over Mdina Glass (as it became known) after Harris left in 1973.[2] Joseph Said’s children Olivia, Nevise, Pamela and Alan now form an integral part of the company, which employs around 50 people, from glassmakers, sales staff in the various outlets and administration. Olivia Said now holds the position of Production and Product Design Manager and has shown her passion for the craft by expanding the company’s range even further. In 2012 Mdina Glass was invited to participate in an exhibition at Harrods, London entitled ‘This Is Malta’. Mdina Glass has also won the National Artisan Award over two consecutive
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  • 27.12.2018
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Dnešní schůzka 19. přední hlídky Royal Rangers - Příbram, byla zaměřena poznání sluneční soustavy, několika základních souhvězdí a mnoho povídání na téma hvězdy.
Nechyběli ani hry, jak venku mino klubovnu, tak i v klubovně.
Slovo z písma a zazpívání chvály ukončily dnešní schůzku plnou zajímavých věcí.

Today's meeting of the 19th Royal Rangers Priory - Pribram, focused on understanding the solar system, several basic constellations and many star-related talks.
There were also games, both outside the clubhouse and the clubhouse.
The word of the letter and the song of praise ended today's meeting with interesting things.
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  • prosinec 2018
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  • 25.10.2018
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  • 27.6.2018
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Country Ladies
Karel Bláha
Jen tak band a hosté
BB Flink
Bára Basiková
Depeche Mode revival
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  • červen 2018
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  • leden až březen 2018
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The Klausen synagogue is the biggest synagogue in the Prague Jewish Town.

“Klausen” was originally the name given to three smaller buildings from the 16th century that used to be on this site. These buildings included a yeshivah (Talmudic school) that was founded by the famous Rabbi Loew. After the ghetto fire of 1689, the Klausen Synagogue was erected on the site in 1694, in the early Baroque style.

It was the Prague Jewish Community's second main synagogue and a number of its prominent rabbis served here. It was also used as a place of prayer by the Prague Burial Society.

Worship and the Basic Sources of Judaism
The main nave houses the first part of the exhibition, which focuses on weekday services, the Sabbath and Jewish holidays. Here you can become acquainted with the basic characteristics and sources of Judaism, i.e. the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud.

In the central space – the site of the original bimah (pulpit) – is displayed an unwrapped Torah scroll (the Five Books of Moses), the reading of which forms the most important part of synagogue liturgy. The scroll is accompanied by its usual accessories – a pointer, mantle, binder, shield and finials. The display cases in the central section contain prayer books and ritual objects that are used during weekdays and on the Sabbath (prayer shawl, tefillin/phylacteries, head covers, candles, spice boxes).

The Synagogue: its Meaning and Appurtenances
On the eastern wall is the Baroque Holy Ark, in which the Torah scrolls are kept wrapped. The exhibition space near the Holy Ark focuses on the synagogue and its appurtenances, which include a curtain and valance (in addition to the above mentioned items). Special attention is drawn to the symbolic relationship between the synagogue and the Temple of Jerusalem.

Jewish Holidays
The display cases around the perimeter of the hall feature the High Holidays (New Year, Day of Atonement) and the Pilgrimage Festivals (Pesah, Shavuot, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah). Manuscripts, printed books and rare synagogue curtains, in particular, are showcased to highlight these topics.

The space under the western gallery focuses on the most important fasts and religious ceremonies, Hanukkah and Purim. Particularly noteworthy is the collection of Hanukkah candelabra and Esther scrolls.

The Course of Life, Part 1 – Birth, Circumcision, Adulthood, Wedding and Divorce
The north gallery houses the introductory section of the second part of the exhibition, titled “The Course of Life”. The first topic is that of birth. This section also focuses on circumcision and the redemption of the first-born. Among the stand-out exhibits are an illuminated manuscript of circumcision rules and blessings from 1727 and decorated Torah binders that were donated in honour of a birth.

Another milestone in life that is recalled here is the transition to adulthood. In a special ceremony to mark their coming of age, a boy becomes a bar mitzvah (son of commandment) and a girl becomes a bar mitzvah(daughter of commandment).

Customs related to betrothal and wedding are highlighted by a number of exhibits, including illuminated wedding contracts and pewter plates that were presented as gifts to learned grooms. Divorce and the halitzah (shoe removal) ceremony are illustrated by a bill of divorce (called get) and the halitzah shoe.

The Jewish home
The west gallery focuses on the Jewish home with emphasis on typical ritual objects – the mezuzah and mizrah. Special display cases are dedicated to kashrut and ritual slaughter and to the specialities of Pesah cuisine.
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  • 30.7.2017
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