Abraham Geiger College
|Abraham Geiger College at the University of Potsdam|
The Abraham Geiger College, founded in Potsdam in 1999, is a rabbinical seminary , an institute affiliated with the University of Potsdam in the Federal Republic of Germany and the first such new establishment in continental Europe after the Shoah . It is named after Abraham Geiger , an important representative of liberal Judaism in Germany, and was brought into being by the rabbis Walter Jacob and Walter Homolka . Walter Homolka has been the rector of the college since the beginning. It has also trained cantors since 2008 .
Integration into national and international structures
The Abraham Geiger College has been a member of the World Union for Progressive Judaism since 2001 . Its graduates have been accredited by the Central Conference of American Rabbis since 2005 . The ordination of the first class took place on September 14, 2006: Daniel Alter , Tomáš Kučera and Malcolm Mattitiani were appointed rabbis. Alter looked after the Jewish community in Oldenburg from September 2006 to July 2008 , while Kučera was in charge of the liberal Jewish community in Munich Beth Shalom . Mattitiani returned to South Africa and took over the spiritual direction of the Temple of Israel Congregation in Cape Town .
The five-year training takes place in cooperation with the College of Jewish Studies . She graduated with a Magister in Jewish Studies . The college is an affiliated institute of the University of Potsdam . It is funded by the Federal Republic of Germany, the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of all German federal states, the Central Council of Jews in Germany , the State of Brandenburg and the Leo Baeck Foundation .
In 2007 the college was recognized as a “Landmark in the Land of Ideas ”, a location initiative under the patronage of Federal President Horst Köhler . The same award was given to the cantor training in 2009.
Abraham Geiger Prize
Since 2000, the college has awarded the Abraham Geiger Prize for “Services to Judaism in its Diversity”, usually every two years . The prize sum, once donated by Karl-Hermann Blickle in 2000, is 10,000 euros.
- 2000: Susannah Heschel
- 2002: Emil Fackenheim
- 2004: Alfred Grosser
- 2006: Karl Lehmann
- 2008: Hassan ibn Talal
- 2009: Hans Küng
- 2011: Helen Zille
- 2013: Annette Schavan
- 2015: Angela Merkel
- 2017: Amos Oz
- 2020: Christian Stückl
Emil Fackenheim Lecture
The college invites important representatives of the Judaic sciences, who combine tradition and modernity through their work, as well as other personalities.
- 2003: John Desmond Rayner
- 2004: Daniel Boyarin , University of California, Berkeley
- 2005: Jacob Allerhand , University of Vienna
- 2007: Michael Marmur , Hebrew Union College , Jerusalem
- 2008: Shimon Shetreet , Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- 2009: Seth Kunin , University of Durham
- 2010: David Biale , University of California, Davis
- 2011: David Ruderman , University of Pennsylvania
- 2012: Hanna Liss , College for Jewish Studies
- 2013: René Bloch , University of Bern
- 2014: Giuseppe Veltri , University of Hamburg
- 2016: Volker Beck , German Bundestag
- 2017: Tamara Cohn Eskenazi , Hebrew Union College Los Angeles
- Official website (English)
- Official site of the Leo Baeck Foundation (English)
- Antonia Loick: Germany's only rabbi seminar: the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam. (No longer available online.) In: goethe.de. Goethe-Institut , November 2006, archived from the original on August 1, 2009 .
- Chajm Guski: First rabbi ordination in Germany after the Shoah. (No longer available online.) In: talmud.de. Chajm Guski, September 2006, archived from the original on July 31, 2009 ; accessed on December 7, 2018 .
- Otto Hirsch Award - 2007 - Karl-Hermann Blickle. In: stuttgart.de, accessed on July 22, 2017.
- Abraham Geiger Prize 2017. In: abraham-geiger-kolleg.de, accessed on May 18, 2017 (German, English).
- Abraham Geiger Prize. (No longer available online.) In: abraham-geiger-kolleg.de. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012 ; accessed on December 7, 2018 (German; award winner until 2011). ( English; all award winners ).
- Merkel awarded the Abraham Geiger Prize for services to Judaism. In: domradio.de. Domradio , December 3, 2015, accessed on December 3, 2015 .
- The Abraham Geiger Prize goes to Christian Stückl. Domradio , January 15, 2020, accessed on January 15, 2020 .
- Emil Fackenheim Lectures. (No longer available online.) In: abraham-geiger-kolleg.de. February 10, 2013, archived from the original ; accessed on December 7, 2018 (English, all lecturers until 2011).
- Ruth Schulhof-Walter: An award ceremony. In: Gemeindeblatt. December 2016, p. 11; online at: sgk.de. Synagogue Community Cologne , accessed on July 22, 2017 (PDF; 911 kB; PDF-p. 1).
- Welcome Welcome. ברוכים הבאים. Annotated course catalog. Summer semester 2017, p. 22, 24, 32 (Fackenheim Lecture at Forum Religionen im Context: Sources for survival and transformation: The women of the bible ). In: abraham-geiger-kolleg.de, accessed on July 22, 2017 (PDF; 495 kB).