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 in 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.

Dr. Yasemin Shooman
Head of the Academy Programs
+49 (0)30 259 93 379


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.

How Much God Is in the Holy Scriptures?

5 March 2019
How can belief in the divine revelation of Scripture be reconciled with historical textual research? A discussion between Benjamin Sommer, an expert in modern Jewish theology, and Abdelmajid Charfi, the editor of a recently published historical critical edition of the Quran.

Access Barriers. Critical Perspectives on Racism in Schools and Curatorial Practices

20 March 2019, 9.30 am–7 pm
The conference will explore discriminatory access barriers in schools and question the museum practices of collecting, organizing and exhibiting from critical perspectives on racism. In her keynote, Jane Weiß (Humboldt University Berlin) examines racist access barriers from a historical and educational perspective. In the second keynote, Bonita Bennett (District Six Museum, Cape Town) considers museums as places of social change.

Djiparmisse – In the Magic of the Moment

26 March 2019
Memorial Event for Reinhold Lagrene as Part of Romnja* Power Month. Ilona Lagrene, life companion and fellow political campaigner speaks about her husband’s life work and reads from the posthumously published book Djiparmissa (Heart Stories) in Romany and German.

Humanity: Between Destiny and Free Will

30 April 2019
New findings in psychology, neurology, and genetics have been increasingly casting doubt on humans’ capacity to make conscious decisions. This comes down to whether humans are responsible for their own actions. Is our free will really just an illusion? A discussion with Alan Mittleman (Jewish Theological Seminary of America) and Martin Mahmud Kellner (Institute of Islamic Theology, Osnabrück).

Do You Believe in Miracles?

13 June 2019
Many people are skeptical of miracle stories found in Jewish and Muslim Scripture, or reject them entirely. For others, as believers, they are objective accounts of the facts and proof of God’s existence. Is it possible to believe in miracles in this day and age? A discussion with James A. Diamond, the expert in Jewish philosophy, and Umeyye Isra Yazicioglu, a scholar of religion.

Creation and Evolution in Schools

4 July 2019
Evolutionary biology is not taught at some religious schools in the United States, Israel, and some Muslim-majority countries. This has encountered growing criticism, including from some Jewish and Muslim theologians and scholars. But how teachers present both scientific and theological views of the world without either de-legitimizing or reifying religious perspectives? The education scholars Rachel S. A. Pear and Anila Asghar discuss these questions from both Jewish and Muslim perspectives.