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On 23 August 2020, the Jewish Museum Berlin is opening its new core exhibition. Until then the museum will be closed for renovations.

Jews in the Christian Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period

Guided Tour

In this guided tour, we introduce the permanent exhibition with a focus on the first historical epoch room Ashkenaz, which covers the period from the Middle Ages to the early modern period. We also take a look at the iconic architecture of the museum building that frames the exhibition rooms.

Tour by appointment

  Map of the Museum's buildings

Where

Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

Jews in the Christian Middle Ages

In the first part of the guided tour “Jews in the Christian Middle Ages,” we will explore the question of when Jews began living on the territory of present-day Germany. According to current knowledge, the first Jewish communities settled in the northern part of Central Europe. This region went down in history under the name of “Ashkenaz.” How did Jews feel about their Christian environment at this time? Sources provide contradictory information about this – we will consider these historical testimonies during the tour. Our agenda includes immersing ourselves in medieval Worms with the help of a media city map and learning how everyday Jewish life was organized in a Christian environment.

Early Modern Period

The second part of the tour focuses on the early modern period. In this epoch, the emergence of letterpress printing had a great influence on Jewish culture. The itinerant printer Chaim ben David Schachor (1490 – 1548) from Prague is considered to be the first to have printed Hebrew texts in the German-speaking world. While upward mobility was possible for some Jews, most led a life of dependence with the worry that their right to stay would be revoked.

Interaction with the exhibition enables a personalized experience and provides opportunities for group discussion.

Where, when, what?

  • When Tour by appointment
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Where Jewish Museum Berlin

    Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

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  • RegistrationTel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 305 (Mon–Fri, 10 am–4 pm)
    visit@jmberlin.de

    Cost 70 €, reduced rate 35 € (plus admission, two accompanying persons free)

    Number of participants up to 15

    Languages We offer this tour in German, English, French, Italian, Hebrew and Easy Language.

Guided Tours and Workshops: Class Trips (2)