In the 19th century, Berlin had become the cradle of Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment. Connected with this was the birth of the Reform movement and of Liberal Judaism, with spokesmen like Abraham Geiger, Ludwig Philippson and Leo Baeck, to name but a few.
Abraham Geiger College is a diverse religious and scholarly learning community dedicated to vocational training and academic excellence, providing authority and authenticity. Our affiliation with the School of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam ensures the advancing of the critical study of Jewish civilization and related disciplines in accordance with the highest standards of modern academic scholarship. Recognized and supported by Federal Ministry of Education and Research, we take pride in the academic performance and achievements of both our faculty and our student body who are committed to academic freedom, rigor and the dissemination of creative Jewish thought.
Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion:
“Abraham Geiger was convinced that the modern rabbinate was always to be informed by a commitment to modern scholarship. The Abraham Geiger College today stands proudly and ably in the tradition that he established.“