July 4: Students Concert with Music of the Yom Kippur Liturgy

“Among the fast days, the Day of Atonement occupies a special position; it is a feast day and a fast day at the same time,” wrote Rabbi Ismar Elbogen in his 1913 classic “Jewish Liturgy: A Comprehensive History.”  During its current term, our cantorial training focuses on the musical liturgy of Yom Kippur, and, together […]

Midterm Lecture: “Current Trends in Neolog Judaism in Hungary”

There was standing room only for those who managed to show up in time to catch  Prof. Dr. Károly Vajda’s mid-term lecture on the 15th of May, which attracted wide interest. The conceptual framework of his talk was Neolog Judaism, which emerged among Hungarian Jews in the 1860s and marked a schism distinguished by  two […]

CDU General Secretary visiting School of Jewish Theology

For CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak, it is about “striving anew every day to improve Jewish life in Germany.” That is also our concern, and on Ziemiak’s visit to Potsdam we quickly found common themes. The lively discussion with representatives of Abraham Geiger College and the School of Jewish Theology took place on 18 June […]

Jewish Pluralism in Solidarity

The 24th General Assembly of the Union of Progressive Jews in Germany (UpJ) opened in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, on May 30. For the first time ever 350 delegates from 26 Jewish communities spend the weekend in a European partner country to network with Czech Jewry and celebrate the upcoming induction of David Maxa as […]