Academy Programs

A Space for the Perspectives of Religious and Ethnic Minorities

Academy Programs

When the Academy opened in 2012, we added the Academy programs to our range of activities. In line with our Museum's mandate to engage with Jewish history and culture in Germany, the Academy programs also create space for new perspectives on other religious and ethnic minorities. In this way, we both explore the relationships between minority groups and the majority population and promote exchange and network-building among minorities.

W. M. Blumenthal Academy

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
Postal address: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

Migration & Diversity and Jewish-Islamic Forum

The Academy programs include the Jewish-Islamic Forum and the Academy program on migration and diversity. With a multifaceted program of readings, conferences, workshops, and panel discussions, they both provide a platform for discussing highly relevant socio-political themes such as the role of immigration in Germany and the circumstances of Jews and Muslims as religious minorities in Germany.

Signe Rossbach
Provisional Head of the Academy Programs
+49 (0)30 259 93 344


W. M. Blumenthal Akademie
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1
10969 Berlin
Postal address: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin


W. M. Blumenthal Academy

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
Postal address: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

Academy Programs (6) Upcoming Events Show all

Upcoming Events

Here you can find the current events program of the Jewish-Islamic Forum and the Academy Program on Migration and Diversity.

Quo vadis Museum? A Debate on the New Museum Definition

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Executive Board of ICOM) and Markus Walz (board member of ICOM Germany) will discuss whether museums should be places of political and critical debate, what role concepts such as diversity and communities play or whether permanence is rather the core theme of the museum as an institution.

Mono or Poly? Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism

Tue, 4 Feb 2020, 7 pm
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein (Elijah Interfaith Institute) and Muhammad Suheyl-Umar (Iqbal Academy of Pakistan) talk about Jewish and Muslim views on Hinduism, which recognizes multiple deities.

What do you think about Jesus? Judaism, Islam, and Christianity

Tue, 18 Feb 2020, 7 pm
Israel Yuval (Hebrew University in Jerusalem) and Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth (Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) discuss where Jewish and Muslim perspectives on Christianity overlap.

On the Path to Enlightenment: Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism

Thu, 12 Mar 2020, 7 pm
Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University) und Johan Elverskog (Southern Methodist University) talk about the ways Judaism and Islam approach a tradition of thinking that recognizes deities but not one all-powerful and immortal God.

Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism

Mon, 20 Apr 2020, 7 pm
Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (Johns Hopkins University) discuss, if mindsets critical of religion can be constructive for a Jewish and Islamic theology that speaks to our times.

Tying the Knot versus Bonds with God: Jews and Muslims in Interfaith Marriages

Thu, 18 Jun 2020, 7 pm
Madeleine Dreyfus (psychoanalyst with a doctorate in cultural anthropology) und Imen Gallala-Arndt (lawyer and a lecturer at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology) talk about interfaith marriages in Judaism and Islam.