The Deutsch-Israelitische Gemeindebund (German-Israelite Community Association) was founded in Leipzig in 1869. It was the first nationwide organization of Jewish associations in Germany, and therefore a forerunner of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. At the constituent assembly on 14 April 1872, numerous topics were discussed that were of concern to the communities at the time: the relationship of Reform Jewish communities to Neo-Orthodoxy, the equal treatment of Jewish and Christian religious education, the immigration of Eastern European Jews, and so-called “migrant begging.” A welcoming address to the Reich Chancellor Prince Bismarck demonstrated the new self-assurance of the Jewish community after the 1871 Law on the Equal Rights of Denominations had removed the last restrictions on civil equality throughout the empire.
Take a look at the digital volume Verhandlungen der Constituirenden Versammlung des Deutsch-Israelitischen Gemeindebundes (Proceedings of the Constituent Assembly of the German-Israelite Community Association) (1872)
After its move from Leipzig to Berlin in 1882, the Community Association concentrated on supporting the communities’ administrative, welfare, and educational systems. From the turn of the century, it attempted to achieve state recognition as an overall organization through a new communal constitution in Prussia, but this ultimately proved unsuccessful. During the Weimar Republic, the Community Association lost influence on Jewish organizational plans, so that it no longer played a role in the founding of the Reichsvertretung der deutschen Juden (Reich Representation of German Jews) in 1933.
Other digital volumes on the German-Israelite Community Association
- Revidirte Statuten des Deutsch-Israelitischen Gemeindebundes (Revised Statutes of the German-Israelite Community Association) (1882)
- Entwurf eines Gesetzes über die Organisation der israelitischen Religionsgemeinschaft in Preußen (Draft Law on the Organization of the Israelite Religious Community in Prussia) (1906)
- Neue Grundverfassung für den Deutsch-Israelitischen Gemeindebund (New Basic Constitution for the German-Israelite Community Association) (1912)
Digitized Books: Read Our Books Online (7)
Read Our Books Online
We've digitized rare and valuable books and made them available online for you to read and enjoy. A complete list of our digitized books can be found in the online catalog (in German).
Proceedings of the Constituent Assembly of the German-Israelite Community Association
The Jews in Germany. An Almanac
Jews in the German Cultural Sphere
A Guide Through the Jewish Museum
from the collection of the Jewish Community of Berlin
by Uriel Birnbaum
Thyrsos-Verlag, Berlin/Vienna 1924
The best stories, games, and riddles from the Children's Pages of the C.V.-Zeitung
Philo Verlag und Buchhandlung G.m.b.H., Berlin 1936
Synagoga. Cult objects and works of art
Catalog of the exhibition