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Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin


The Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin is located on the other side of the road from the museum, the new building is based on Daniel Libeskind’s design "Zwischenräume." It represents a new addition to the museum ensemble up to now consisting of the old "Kollegienhaus" (Old Building) and the Libeskind Building.

Construction of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin
© Jewish Museum Berlin

The ceremonious opening of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin took place in November 2012.  A colloquium was held on the life’s work of the Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides and the significance of the academy building’s inscription "Hear the truth whoever is speaking it."

Exterior view with entrance of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Exterior view with entrance of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin (July 2013)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Entrance of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Entrance of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin (July 2013)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Interior view of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Interior view of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, wooden cubed space with the library (June 2013)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Interior view of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Interior view of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin (June 2013)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Interior view of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin with the diaspora garden

Interior view of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin with the diaspora garden (November 2013)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Library in the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Reading Room

Library in the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Reading Room (July 2013)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Library in the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Reading Room

Library in the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Reading Room (November 2013)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Interior view of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin with the diaspora garden

Interior view of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin with the diaspora garden (November 2013)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Interior view of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin with the diaspora garden

Interior view of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin with the diaspora garden (November 2013)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Interior view with wooden cubed spaces

The Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin in construction (interior view with wooden cubed spaces, December 2011)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Interior view with wooden cube

The Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin in construction (view from within, December 2011)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Interior view with wooden cubed spaces

The Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin in construction (interior view with wooden cubed spaces, December 2011)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

The Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, view from above

The Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, view from above (July 2013)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

The Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, view from above (July 2013)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe

Conferences, Events, and Workshops on Society’s Diversity

The extension of the museum building ensemble is accompanied by an expansion of the thematic focus. In the academy building, the Jewish Museum Berlin will not only offer individual research opportunities, but also events, workshops, and conferences on migratory history, intercultural education, and the conditions for the acceptance of diversity in German society.

The museum’s educational programs play a considerable role: In February 2012, the project "Diversity in Schools" was launched that - in cooperation with the German Children and Youth Foundation and sponsored by the Mercator Foundation - aims to strengthen intercultural openness in schools. The museum began work with the first school, the "8. Integrierte Sekundarschule" in Berlin Kreuzberg’s Skalitzer Str. in August 2012. In a history workshop and other programs, the museum focus on reinforcing and deepening the intercultural skills of the school students.

The expansion of the thematic focus is also reflected in the museum’s events and conferences. In October 2011, the symposium "Visions of Belonging" was held and a series of events under the same name followed in September 2012. Advised by DeutschPlus e.V. - Initiative for a Plural Republic, the museum aims to create a forum for productive dialogue on handling societal diversity in Germany.

In order to strengthen its research work further, the Jewish Museum Berlin is introducing a fellowship program from fall 2012. The first museum fellow will be the sociologist Karen Körber.

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