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 within the tradition that he established. It promotes excellence in Jewish learning and leadership within a pluralistic environment.
Founded in 1999, Abraham Geiger College is the first liberal rabbinical seminary in Continental Europe since the Shoah. In response to the urgent need for academic rabbinical and cantorial training, it provides progressive, enlightened and modern spiritual leadership for Europe and beyond
Our college stands in the tradition of the Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums (Higher Institute for the Science of Judaism) in Berlin which was closed by the Nazis in 1942. Dedicated to Jewish tradition and committed to the principle of academic freedom, the education at Abraham Geiger College embraces three principles:
- High academic standards with a broad selection of courses, leading to an M.A. in Jewish Theology,
- Support of the students during their practical training regarding psychological guidance and pastoral concerns,
- and Guidance of the students in their pastoral practice through rabbinical mentorship.