Rabbi Abraham Geiger (1810–1874) provided the intellectual basis for a reformation of Judaism after the Enlightenment. The eminent scholar paved the way for Liberal Judaism in the 19th century and was the founding father of the unified congregation in Germany. It was due to his initiative that the Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslau and the Institute for the Scientific Study of Judaism came into existence. Already in 1836, Geiger called for equal rights in education of clerics by a Jewish theological department at a state university.
The Abraham Geiger College follows its eponym’s principle: