Abraham Geiger College

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Abraham Geiger College at the University of Potsdam
founding 1999
place Potsdam
state Brandenburg
country Germany
management Walter Homolka
Website www.abraham-geiger-kolleg.de (English)
The Neues Palais location in the western part of Sanssouci Park , (aerial photo 2008)

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 .

This was the first ordination in Germany since 1942, when the University for the Science of Judaism in Berlin was closed by the Gestapo .

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.

In 2010 Alina Treiger was the first woman in Germany to be ordained a rabbi by the college after Regina Jonas, who was murdered in 1944 .

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.

Previous winners:

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.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ 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 .
  2. ^ Otto Hirsch Award - 2007 - Karl-Hermann Blickle. In: stuttgart.de, accessed on July 22, 2017.
  3. a b Abraham Geiger Prize 2017. In: abraham-geiger-kolleg.de, accessed on May 18, 2017 (German, English).
  4. 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 ).
  5. Merkel awarded the Abraham Geiger Prize for services to Judaism. In: domradio.de. Domradio , December 3, 2015, accessed on December 3, 2015 .
  6. The Abraham Geiger Prize goes to Christian Stückl. Domradio , January 15, 2020, accessed on January 15, 2020 .
  7. ^ 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).
  8. ^ 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).
  9. 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).

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