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Behind the Scenes (3) Entries on the Exhibition “Snip it! Stances on Circumcision” Show all

Entries on the Exhibition “Snip it! Stances on Circumcision”

Interviews and stories by our employees, which were published as part of the exhibition Snip it! Stances on Circumcision, you can now read here on our website.

After the Exhibition is Before the Exhibition

Martina Lüdicke on the decision to dedicate a separate exhibition to questions of circumcision raised in the exhibition The Whole Truth

On the hamster wheel of argumentation

Andy Simanowitz reports on the hamster wheel of an argument as a guide in the exhibition.

“The best solution would be that the baby is a girl”

Jörg Waßmer prepared the inventory of Fritz Wachsner’s estate and got some insights into an internal Jewish debate about circumcision.

Holidays (8) Old Rituals, New Customs Show all

Old Rituals, New Customs

Museum employees talk about traditions on Jewish holidays.

New Customs for the New Year

Shlomit Tripp about tashlikh boats and petals on the water

Kol Nidre and the “Civil Improvement of the Jews”

Haim Mahlev on controversies throughout the ages

Apples in Honey and Gefilte Fish

Museum employees share their personal experiences of the High Holidays

Cycling Holiday

Avner Ofrath on Yom Kippur in Israel

Jewish Halloween

Naomi Lubrich on candy as a tricky matter for synagogues on Simhat Torah

Menurkeys for Thanksgivukkah?

Food for thought and recipes by Signe Rossbach

Tu bi-Shevat Traditions in Israel

Avner Ofrath on trees, fruit, and a breath of New Age

The Big Clean-Up

Dana Akrish on Passover in Jerusalem

Firsthand Stories (4) A Tour of Tour Experiences Show all

A Tour of Tour Experiences

Some of our guides, as well as a few visitors, have written here about experiences they had on various tours at the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Jerusalem for All the Senses

A tour for the blind and vision impaired through the exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem at the Jewish Museum Berlin. A piece by Gerald Pirner.

Intense Encounters in “Jerusalem”

How school children react to the tour through the exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem. A conversation with Marc Wrasse

How about more tolerance for ambiguity?

Mohamed Ibrahim and Shemi Shabat talk about their tandem guided tour Jerusalem in Dialogue

The Whole Truth: a Continuing Discussion

Guide Marc Wrasse about group discussions in the exhibition

Behind the Scenes (9) Entries on the Exhibition “Welcome to Jerusalem” Show all

Entries on the Exhibition “Welcome to Jerusalem”

Our exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem was on display from 11 December 2017 to 1 May 2019. To accompany the exhibition, we conducted interviews with our guides and curators, and spoke with visitors. All blog entries about the exhibition can now be found here.

Intense Encounters in “Jerusalem”

How school children react to the tour through the exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem. A conversation with Marc Wrasse

Jerusalem for All the Senses

A tour for the blind and vision impaired through the exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem at the Jewish Museum Berlin. A piece by Gerald Pirner.

“Whatever you want to see – you come to Jerusalem, and you can find it there.”

Florian Schmelling has captured comments from visitors to our Jerusalem Exhibition.

How about more tolerance for ambiguity?

Mohamed Ibrahim and Shemi Shabat talk about their tandem guided tour Jerusalem in Dialogue

“We’re no longer guests, we belong.”

Elena Bashkirova, director of the chamber music “festival intonations,” took a tour of the exhibition then spoke with us about the “holy city.”

Neither King David nor Cilly Kugelmann can solve this problem

About the difficulties the organizers of the Welcome to Jerusalem exhibition encountered doing justice to the ideal of justice, writes Walid Abd El Gawad

The Big Clean-Up

Dana Akrish writes about passover in Jerusalem

“Jerusalem is like a former boyfriend”

Interview with filmmaker Dalia Castel and actress Orit Nahmias about Jerusalem. They both grew up there

Schools in Hannover, a Jerusalem Hotel, and the Search for their Connection

Rosa Fava writes about a conference on anti-Semitism-critical adult education

Behind the Scenes (7) Entries on the Exhibition "The Whole Truth" Show all

Entries on the Exhibition "The Whole Truth"

What obstacles had to be overcome to open the exhibition The Whole Truth (2013), how it felt as a Jew to sit in a glass case in the exhibition, how visitors reacted, what further things developed out of the exhibition...

Trials of a Truth Seeker

Michal Friedlander on the countdown before the opening of the exhibition The Whole Truth

Ask the Rabbi

Martina Lüdicke about the shooting of the film installation in the exhibition The Whole Truth

In the Showcase

Olga Mannheimer about her experiences in the exhibition The Whole Truth

From Wagner to the Weather

Signe Rossbach about her two hours as a living exhibition object in the show The Whole Truth

Conversion and Controversy

Naomi Lubrich on the new interest in this topic and on religious loyalty

The Whole Truth: a Continuing Discussion

Guide Marc Wrasse about group discussions in the exhibition

After the Exhibition is Before the Exhibition

Martina Lüdicke on the decision to dedicate a separate exhibition to questions of circumcision

Question of the Month (7) Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Jews Show all

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Jews

Our exhibition The Whole Truth…Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Jews was based on 30 questions posed to the Jewish Museum Berlin or its staff over the past few years. In the exhibition, visitors had their own opportunity to ask questions or to leave comments on post-it notes. Some of these questions are answered here in our website.

How does a kippah stay on?

Answered by Michal Friedlander, Curator for Judaica and Applied Arts

Why do women have to cover their hair with a wig or scarf after getting married?

Answered by Miriam Goldmann, Curator of the Exhibition The Whole Truth

Do Jews have their own language?

Answered by Martina Lüdicke, Curator of the Exhibition The Whole Truth

Why do some Jews rock back and forth while they pray?

Answered by Miriam Goldmann, Curator of the Exhibition The Whole Truth

What role do gender themes play? What’s the story with women rabbis?

Answered by Anina Falasca, Curator of the Exhibition The Whole Truth

Are there gay Jews?

Answered by Anina Falasca, Miriam Goldmann, Martina Lüdicke, Curators of the Exhibition The Whole Truth

“Was Goethe a Jew too?”

Answered by Berhard Jensen, Library

Interview Series (12) New German Stories Show all

New German Stories

Since 2014, our colleagues from the Academy program on migration and diversity have been holding regular events at the Jewish Museum in a series called New German Stories. The guests' lives speak to Germany, past and present, as a society of migration, and the events take these life stories as a springboard for exploring these themes. Beforehand, the guests are almost always interviewed. We have compiled these interviews for you here.

Karamba Diaby

26 May 2017
“We should close this representation gap”

Anita Awosusi

6 February 2017
On her book Our Father – A Sinti Family Recounts

Ármin Langer

18 October 2016
“The boredom of peaceful coexistence“

Marion Kraft

6 July 2016
"The part Black soldiers played in the liberation of Germany from Nazism has been largely neglected"

Çiçek Bacık

13 October 2015
“We’ve always been spoken and written about”

Fereshta Ludin

16 September 2015
“I wish more people would look in my eyes instead of at my scarf”

David Ranan

6 July 2015
“Other but not foreign”

Ahmad Milad Karimi

9 March 2015
On his book Osama bin Laden is Sleeping with Fishes

Alina Gromova

8 September 2014
Generation “kosher light”
Young Jews of Russian descent in Berlin

Canan Turan

4 July 2014
Kıymet or:
A cinematic tribute to my grandmother

Urmila Goel and Nisa Punnamparambil-Wolf

19 March 2014
InderKinder
Dealing creatively with ethnic classifications

Alice Bota, Khuê Pham, and Özlem Topçu

29 January 2014
“New German stories”

Book Reviews (2) Contemporary Jewish Authors Show all

Contemporary Jewish Authors

Employees of the Jewish Museum Berlin share their opinions on contemporary books by Jewish authors.

Quasicrystals by Eva Menasse

Mirjam Wenzel, Naomi Lubrich and Mirjam Bitter talk about Jewish questions, the lives of women, and expectations of literature in Eva Menasses novel Quasikristalle

Der Kalte by Robert Schindel

Book review by Mirjam Bitter on Robert Schindel's novel unfolding the world of Vienna of the Waldheim affair, from 1985 to 1989.