Happy Birthday, Academy Programs!

Celebration of the Academy’s 5th Birthday (with Video Recordings)

The Academy’s programs have extended the museum’s offering since 2013. With the Jewish-Islamic Forum and the focus on Migration and Diversity we have created a platform for debates on religious diversity, participation, and coexistence in a plural society at the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy. We celebrated our 5th anniversary together with our audience.

past event
Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

Alongside topical sociopolitical discussions with exciting guests on themes such as the relationship between religion and feminism and contemporary Jewish identities, we presented a colorful birthday program: social satire with comedian Fatih Çevikkollu, a concert by the Berlin Oriental Group, and freshly prepared Hanukkah specialties and Arabic street food throughout the day. And the cookie baking and shadow theater playing on the children’s program brought a Chrismukkah mood to mingle with the happy birthday mood.

Program

11 am
Welcoming remarks; introducing the Academy programs
11 am – 8 pm Film Loop
STRICKEN (Knit)

Documentary about the influence of white German grandmothers on their black grandchildren.
By Magda Korsinsky in collaboration with Stefan Schmied

This documentary film project portrays the interwovenness of collective memories between generations. The entwined biographies of Afro-German women and their white grandmothers who experienced Nazi rule give intimate glimpses into German history and how individual families cope with it. The film will be looped alongside the main program.

Film Still from the Documentary STRICKEN (Knitting) by Magda Korsinsky and Stefan Schmied.

11 am to 6 pm Children’s Program
Getting in the Christmukkah Spirit!

Hanukkah fun and games for visitors of all ages. From baking cookies to performing with shadow puppets, there’s something for everyone:

"Giklech farbrengen" (age 4 and younger)
Here, the youngest kids can enjoy a "giklech farbrengen" (Yiddish for happy get-together). At little kid’s tables and in a pillow corner, they can draw Hanukkah pictures, create drawings of their own, and play with colorful fabrics and other toys.

Hanukkah Shadow Puppetry Workshop (ages 5 to 12)
Using the colorful Turkish "karagöz" technique of shadow puppetry, children can craft figures from the Hanukkah story or from their own imagination then bring their artistry to life on a real karagöz shadow puppet stage.

Christmukkah Bakery (ages 5 to 12)
For Hanukkah, kids make dreidels, candles, and stars of David. Christmas is a time to bake cookies. We combine the two and make Christmukkah cookies using cookie cutters with Jewish shapes. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, they’re bound to be tasty!

Hanukkah Shlemazel Game (ages 6 to 12)
In an exciting Hanukkah game, our figurines use their heads and take their chances to travel through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem, where they use a small bottle of oil to reconsecrate the Temple. But careful! The oil must be kosher.

11.15 am Film and Discussion
The Black Panthers (in Israel) speak

(2003)
with Sami Shalom Chetrit (director), Iris Hefets (writer and psychoanalyst)
Moderated by: Achim Rohde (historian and Middle East expert)

The Black Panthers are best known as part of the US Civil Rights Movement. This 2003 film portrays another group by the same name in Israel. In the 1970s, Mizrahis – Jews with North African or Middle Eastern heritage – fought discrimination within Israeli society. The screening will be followed by a discussion about the circumstances of Mizrahis in Israel today.

Children playing with wooden Hanukkah lights; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Nadja Rentzsch

12.45 pm Panel Discussion
Young, Emancipated, Religious: Feminism in Judaism and Islam

with Anastassia Pletoukhina (social scientist) and Amani Abuzahra (University College of Teacher Education of Christian Churches Vienna/Krems); moderated by Hafssa El-Bouhamouchi (Academy Programs)

Feminism has many layers. This is evident not only from the history of worldwide women’s movements, but also from the existence of religious feminists who claim the term: women who draw on their religion’s scriptures as they part ways with traditional structures in their communities. As activists, they disprove preconceptions that religious people are somehow repressed or retrograde and show how religion can be practiced with deliberate liberation.

1.45 pm Lunch Break
Food sold à la carte

Cultural diversity can be edible. Get in the Christmukkah spirit with freshly made Hanukkah treats or try out Arab street food, delectable desserts, and warming soups by REFUEAT.

Amani Abuzahra and Anastassia Pletoukhina; photos: DarSalma and Jewish Museum Berlin/Stephan Pramme

REFUEAT, photo: Jonas Wresch

2.30 pm Discussion and Performance
Archive of Life: Memory in a Society Shaped by Migration

with Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Program Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin), Yasemin Shooman (Head of Academy Programs), and the participants of the workshop Future Memories: Memory Culture(s) in a Society Shaped by Migration

Who tells history and who silences it? Who is visible and who is hidden? Historical archives house more than just objects from the past to be viewed through glass from a safe distance. This will be very apparent from a performance and a discussion that address the lively, innovative, and sensory cultures of memory in our migration-shaped society.

3 pm
Break
3.30 pm Comedy
FatihMorgana

With cabaret artist Fatih Çevikkollu

A right turn? Islamification? Hysteria? In his sixth one-man show “FatihMorgana,” the prizewinning comedian Fatih Çevikkollu explores the absurd world of fake news. The famous “star student of integration” in the space between cultures will guide us through the essences and appearances of German society punctuated by his hilarious wordplay. Fatih Çevikkollu, born in 1972, is a trained actor. Back in 2006, his first show “Fatihland” received the jury’s choice award in the Prix Pantheon, the prestigious cabaret competition.

Fatih Çevikkollu, photo: Stefan Mager

4 pm Panel Discussion
Jewish Fathers – Jewish Children?

with Ruth Zeifert (writer), Konstantin Pal (rabbi), and Lea Wohl von Haselberg (film and media scholar); moderated by Alina Gromova (Academy Programs)

“Paternal Jews” are a taboo subject, especially in Germany. On the one hand, Jewish law (Halakha) holds that only children of Jewish mothers are truly Jewish. On the other hand, the subject is avoided so as not to draw a distinction between maternal and paternal Jews. Their contested place in Jewish communities often leads to a sense of exclusion. The panel discussion presents the arguments in this debate and illustrates the consequences for those affected.

5 pm
Ceremonial lighting of the first Hanukkah candles
5.30 pm Panel Discussion
A Pre-Fascist Era?

with Naika Foroutan (Director of BIM, the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research), Mirjam Zadoff (Director of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism), and Gideon Botsch (Head of the Emil Julius Gumbel Research Center for Antisemitism und Right-Wing Extremism at the Moses Mendelssohn Center, Potsdam); moderated by Yasemin Shooman (Director of Academy Programs)

Given the sharp turn towards the far right in Europe and the United States, some scholars and politicians such as the former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright are warning about the potential rise of a new fascism. Are such grim forecasts expressions of misguided alarmism? Or do right-wing populism and extremism actually pose another fundamental threat to our democracy?

6.30 Uhr Reception and Drinks
5 Years – 5 Friends – 5 Gifts

Every good birthday party ought to have gifts. So some of our friends with whom we’ve closely collaborated in the last five years will serenade us for our birthday. Including silly birthday surprises and tasty cake!

8 pm Concert
Berlin Oriental Group

Arabic-Oriental Fusion

Fusing various musical traditions from Israel, Russia, Turkey, and elsewhere, the Berlin Oriental Group perfectly captures the spirit of the Berlin party. The virtuoso violinist, trained at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, started the five-player band in summer 2015. Ever since, it’s been firing up international audiences and filling dance floors.

Konstanin Pal, Ruth Zeifert, and Lea Wohl von Haselberg

Konstantin Pal, Ruth Zeifert, and Lea Wohl von Haselberg, photos: private

Berlin Oriental Group, photo: Anton Tal

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

Where, when, what?

  • When

    Sunday 2 December 2018, 11 am – 9 pm

  • Where
    W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

Video Recordings (69) Watch Past Museum Events Show all

Watch Past Museum Events

We film select events, such as conferences, panel discussions, book presentations, and our Jewish-Islamic Forum lecture series.

Sally Perel:
Hitlerjunge Salomon

12 June 2019
Sally Perel was born in Peine in April 1925. After the German invasion of the Soviet Union he pretended to be a Volksdeutscher and called himself Josef Perjell.
In 1990, his memoirs were published and were filmed in the same year under the title Hitlerjunge Salomon.

Zvi Aviram: Brushes with Death

16 September 2019
Zvi Aviram was born in January 1927 in Berlin as Heinz Abrahamsohn. From age 14, he had to perform forced labor in the arms industry. During the so-called factory operation on 27 February 1943, his parents were arrested and deported and he himself went into illegality.

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.

Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance

9 May 2019
Museums are called on to deal critically and transparently with the often invisible colonial history of their collections. The curators Jisgang Nika Collision (Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida Nation & Canada) and Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Saxonian State Ethnographic Collections) discussed this topic.

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).

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

20 March 2019
The conference explored discriminatory access barriers in schools and questioned the museum practices of collecting, organizing and exhibiting from critical perspectives on racism. In her keynote, Bonita Bennett (District Six Museum, Cape Town) considered museums as places of social change.

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 Ghassan el Masri, researcher on the Koran in the context of the Arabic literature of his time.

God, Darwin, and Evolution

31 January 2019
Natan Slifkin ( Biblical Museum of Natural History, Israel) and Fatimah Jackson (Howard University, USA) discuss how Jewish and Islamic theologians treat evolutionary biology.

The Laskers from Breslau (Wrocław) – A Family Reunion in Music and Words

27 January 2019
Cellist and contemporary witness Anita Lasker Wallfisch shares the stage with three generations of her family for the first time.
Marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp on 27 January 1945, they read letters from the family written between 1942 and 1952 and play works by Beethoven, Schubert, Bloch, and others.

Happy Birthday, Academy Programs!

2 December 2018
Welcoming Remarks and Introducing the Academy Programs | Discussion with Performance: Archive of Life. Memory in a Society Shaped by Migration | Panel Discussion: Jewish Fathers – Jewish Children? | Panel Discussion: A Pre-fascist Era? | Reception: 5 Years – 5 Friends – 5 Gifts

Peter Neuhof: A Youth in the Shadow of the Persecution

3 December 2018
Peter Neuhof speaks about his memories and experiences in an interview with Aubrey Pomerance, head of the archive. His parents were active members of the German Communist Party (KPD) and were arrested in 1943. Peter was able to remain in the parental home.

Polish Perspectives on '68: March Protests

22 November 2018
This event for the “'68 Now” series discusses (in German and Polish) the events of 1968 from the Polish perspective. In Poland, the student protests were co-opted by an antisemitic rampage that resulted in 13,000 Jews being forced to leave the country.

Science in the Light of Faith

20 November 2018
Geoffrey A. Mitelman and Ahmad S. Dallal discuss how Jewish and Islamic theologians have reflected for centuries on the conflicting powers of God and his revelation and human reason.

Living with Islamophobia

11 and 12 October 2018
The international conference “Living with Islamophobia” considered how cultural and religious affiliations are constructed and invited experts to enter into discussion.

Imported Antisemitism?

30 August 2018
Is Antisemitism increasing with the number of refugees from Arab countries? We discuss with political, academic, and practical experts which manifestations of antisemitism among Arab migrants and Muslims in Germany exist (in German).

Michael Sfard:
The Jerusalem Dispute. The Fight for Human Rights in Israeli Courts

6 September 2018
Lecture by Michael Sfard, one of Israel’s leading human rights lawyers

Seyla Benhabib: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Challenge to Liberal Democracies

26 June 2018
Seyla Benhabib (Yale University) discusses the challenges migration poses to liberal democracies.

Hanni Levy:
Surviving in Berlin

25 June 2018
Hanni Levy describes her wartime memories and experiences. Hanni Levy, born in 1924, survived the Nazi era in hiding in Berlin with the help of courageous friends.

Stolen Judaica
Provenance Research in Israel and Germany

18 June 2018
In this symposium, research that explores the origins of Jewish ceremonial objects exclusively in Israel and Germany, took center stage for the first time.

My God, Your God, No God

14 June 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Ongoing Struggles. Anti-Discrimination Work during the Rise of the Far Right

7 June 2018
Opening Session of the academic conference
Including Imani Perry's keynote »What Lies Underneath: Difficult Histories and the Resurgence of The Far Right«

Anita Lasker Wallfisch: Auschwitz Never Left Me

28 May 2018
Born in Breslau in 1925, Anita Lasker Wallfisch studied cello in Berlin from 1938. In 1942, Anita’s parents were deported to Izbica and murdered, and in 1943 Anita and her sister Renate were deported to Ausschwitz.

Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem

8 May 2018
Author Menachem Klein in Conversation with Cilly Kugelmann

Equal before God and Humans?

3 May 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?

12 April 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Margot Friedländer: Try to Make Your Life

9 April 2018
Margot Friedländer was born in 1921 in Berlin and has had close ties with the museum for many years. She reads from her memoir, which takes its title from her mother’s last message to her: Try to Make Your Life.

What is the Relationship Between Antisemitism and Islamophobia?

20 March 2018
Lectures by David Feldman and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

The Right to Life

8 March 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

The Book of Numbers

12 February 2018
Reading and Talk with the Author Joshua Cohen and Literary Scholar Jan Wilm

Walter Frankenstein: Not with Us

31 January 2018
Born in 1924 in West Prussia, Walter Frankenstein lived in Berlin from 1936. When deportation threatened, he went into hiding with his wife and their five-week-old son. The family managed to survive with the help of friends.

Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received

25 January 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

“And the day will come ...”

11 January 2018
Eyewitness Horst Selbiger in Conversation with Léontine Meijer-van Mensch

Kurt Roberg: A Visa Or Your Life

4 December 2017
Born in Celle in 1924, 14-year-old Kurt Roberg fled alone after the 1938 November pogrom to the Netherlands, where he was to finish school. He finally reaches his family in New York via Berlin and Lisbon in 1941.
Language: German

Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?

23 November 2017
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

New Judaism – Alliances in Postmigrant Society

16 November 2017
Discussion on concepts of being Jewish within the third generation of Jews in Germany (in German and English)

Jews in Muslim Majority Countries

24 to 27 October 2017
International conference for scholars from different continents and academic disciplines, who discuss questions of culture, identity and memory of Jewish life in Arab and Muslim majority countries.

Henry Wuga: A Nuremberger from Glasgow

23 October 2017
Henry Wuga was born to a Jewish mother and a Catholic father in Nuremberg in 1924. In 1938, his parents were able to send him to Scotland with a children’s transport and later in 1947, he could bring his mother, who had survived in hiding, to his home in Glasgow.
Language: German

Future Memories

26 September 2017
Discussion on the Importance of Minority Perspectives for European Societies’ Commemorative Cultures (in German and English)

Luther, Rosenzweig, and the Script

18 September 2017
Book Presentation and Discussion (in German)

Between the Lines

9 September 2017
An Evening with Israeli and German Poets (in Hebrew and German)

Religion. Fashion. Empowerment.

29 June 2017
Discussion with Reina Lewis and Meriem Lebdiri (in German and English)

Sexual Ethics: Sexuality, Lust, Eroticism, and God

16 May 2017
Panel discussion with David Biale and Kecia Ali (in German and English)

Military Ethics: The (Religious) Laws Silent Beneath the Weapons?

6 April 2017
Panel discussion with Michael Broyde and Asma Afsaruddin (in German and English)

The Boundaries of Life - Bioethical Challenges

23 February 2017
Panel discussion with Laurie Zoloth and Ilhan Ilkilic (in German and English)

Jews in North Africa During the Second World War

26 Januar 2017
Theme day with lectures by Michel Abitbol, Eric Salerno, Patrick Bernhard, Haim Saadoun, and panel discussion
Language: German, English, and French

Business Ethics – Is Capitalism Kosher/Halal?

8 December 2016
Panel discussion with Nathan Lee Kaplan and Idris Nassery
Language: German, no subtitles

"Nothing can Hurt Those who Already Died Once" - Discussion with Contemporary Witness Marko Feingold

Event on 10 November 2016
With: Marko Feingold, Peter Schäfer, Uwe Neumärker
Language: German, no subtitles

Social Ethics – On Fair Social Order

Panel discussion on 26 October 2016
With: Micha Brumlik and Ingrid Mattson
Language: German and English, no subtitles

Sites of Memory: Lost and Entangled Narratives

Conference on 16 September 2016
With: Dr. Rosa Fava, Juliane Jurewicz, Prof. Dr. Iman Attia, Olga Gerstenberger, Ozan Keskinkiliç, Anita Awosusi, Ilona Lagrene, Prof. Dr. Michael Rothberg, and Serpil Polat
Language: German and English, no subtitles

TIME OF CRISIS

Panel discussion on 7 September 2016
With: Dan Diner, Adam Michnik, Dietmar Herz, Étienne François, and Hans Kundnani
Language: German, no subtitles

Organic Meets Kosher and Halal

Dialogical lecture on 1 June 2016
With: Shai Lavi and Sarra Tlili
Language: English, no subtitles

Antisemitism in the Arabic World – Facts and Myths

Panel discussion on 26 April 2016
With: Michael Kiefer and Omar Kamil
Language: German, no subtitles

Feminist Approaches to Judaism and Islam

Panel discussion on 14 April 2016
With: Judith Plaskow and Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Language: English, no subtitles

"Mich hat Auschwitz nie verlassen" (Auschwitz has never left me)

Event on 1 March 2016
With: Renate Lasker-Harpprecht and Anita Lasker Wallfisch
Language: German, no subtitles

Becoming a Jew, Becoming a Muslim

Panel discussion on 18 February 2016
With: Tobias Jona Simon and Esra Özyürek
Language: German and English, no subtitles

Religious Law and Secular State

Dialogical lecture on 9 December 2015
With: Ronen Reichman and Mathias Rohe
Language: German, no subtitles

Post-migrant Society?!

International conference from 12 to 14 November 2015
Recording of the opening event
Language: German and English, no subtitles

What Does Diaspora Mean for Jews and Muslims?

Dialogical lecture on 29 October 2015
With: Michael L. Satlow and Sarah Albrecht
Language: German and English, no subtitles

On Life – Working with People Traumatized by the Shoah

Panel discussion on 1 October 2015
With: Giselle Cycowicz, Martin Auerbach and David Becker and Volker Beck
Language: German, no subtitles

Kill Me a Son!

Symposium from 3 September 2015 to 4 September 2015
Recording of the opening event
With: Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer and Prof. Dr. Angelika Neuwirth
Language: German, no subtitles

A Shared View of Europe – Jewish and Muslim Experiences as Reflected in Public Controversies

Panel discussion on 19 January 2015
With: Prof. Nilüfer Göle, Shai Lavi and Gökçe Yurdakul
Language: German, no subtitles

Contemporary Jewish life in a global modernity

International conference from 11 December 2014 to 12 December 2014
Recording of the presentation "Future of European Jewry"
With: Dr. Karen Körber and Dr. Diana Pinto
Language: English, no subtitles

Snip it?!

Presentation of a study followed by a discussion on 4 December 2014
With: Professor Kerem Öktem, Mounir Azzaoui, Dr. des. Alexander Hasgall, and Dr. des. Hannah C. Tzuberi.

Concepts of Citizenship and Participation in European Comparison

Symposium from 7 April 2014 to 8 April 2014
Recording of the keynote by Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck and the followed panel discussion
With: Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck, Dr. Manuela Bojadžijev, Josip Juratovic and Dr. Monika Lüke
Language: German, no subtitles

Art and Culture in the Terezín Ghetto

Symposium on 2 March 2014
In four lectures, the symposium explores the history of Theresienstadt, the “ghetto of exceptions,” from four different angles.
With: Wolfgang Benz, Anna Hájková and Hanno Loewy
Language: German, no subtitles

The Connected Audience

Conference from 27 February 2014 to 28 February 2014
With: John H. Falk
Language: English, no subtitles

Is Higher Education a Safeguard Against Racism and Antisemitism?

Presentation of a study followed by panel discussion on 20 February 2014
With: Wassilis Kassis, Charlotte Schallié, Iman Attia, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum and Andreas Zick
Language: German, no subtitles

"What do we mean when we say 'antisemitism'?"

Keynote lecture on 8 November 2013
Opening of the conference Antisemitism in Europe Today: the Phenomena, the Conflicts
With: Brian Klug
Language: English

Circumcision: Identity Politics and / or Health Issue?

Talk on 8 May 2013
With: Sander L. Gilman
in Englisch

Academy Programs (48) Past Events for You to Listen To and Watch Show all

Past Events for You to Listen To and Watch

We have recorded some of our conferences, lectures, readings, and panel discussions for you as audio or video files.

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.

Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance

9 May 2019
Museums are called on to deal critically and transparently with the often invisible colonial history of their collections. The curators Jisgang Nika Collision (Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida Nation & Canada) and Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Saxonian State Ethnographic Collections) discussed this topic.

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).

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

20 March 2019
The conference explored discriminatory access barriers in schools and questioned the museum practices of collecting, organizing and exhibiting from critical perspectives on racism. In her keynote, Bonita Bennett (District Six Museum, Cape Town) considered museums as places of social change.

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 Ghassan el Masri, researcher on the Koran in the context of the Arabic literature of his time.

God, Darwin, and Evolution

31 January 2019
Natan Slifkin ( Biblical Museum of Natural History, Israel) and Fatimah Jackson (Howard University, USA) discuss how Jewish and Islamic theologians treat evolutionary biology.

Happy Birthday, Academy Programs!

2 December 2018
Welcoming Remarks and Introducing the Academy Programs | Discussion with Performance: Archive of Life. Memory in a Society Shaped by Migration | Panel Discussion: Jewish Fathers – Jewish Children? | Panel Discussion: A Pre-fascist Era? | Reception: 5 Years – 5 Friends – 5 Gifts

Science in the Light of Faith

20 November 2018
Geoffrey A. Mitelman and Ahmad S. Dallal discuss how Jewish and Islamic theologians have reflected for centuries on the conflicting powers of God and his revelation and human reason.

Living with Islamophobia

11 and 12 October 2018
The international conference “Living with Islamophobia” considered how cultural and religious affiliations are constructed and invited experts to enter into discussion.

Imported Antisemitism?

30 August 2018
Is Antisemitism increasing with the number of refugees from Arab countries? We discuss with political, academic, and practical experts which manifestations of antisemitism among Arab migrants and Muslims in Germany exist (in German).

My God, Your God, No God

14 June 2018
Part of our lecture Series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Ongoing Struggles. Anti-Discrimination Work during the Rise of the Far Right

7 June 2018
Opening Session of the academic conference
Including Imani Perry's keynote »What Lies Underneath: Difficult Histories and the Resurgence of The Far Right«

Equal before God and Humans?

3 May 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?

12 April 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

What is the Relationship Between Antisemitism and Islamophobia?

20 March 2018
Lectures by David Feldman and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

The Right to Life

8 March 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received

25 January 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?

23 November 2017
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

New Judaism – Alliances in Postmigrant Society

16 November 2017
Discussion on concepts of being Jewish within the third generation of Jews in Germany (in German and English)

Germanija. How I Became an Adult and a Jew in Germany

19 October 2017
Reading and discussion on Dmitrij Belkin's narrative that also throws light on immigration today.

IN-/EXCLUSIONS and Self-Empowerment in the Cultural Business

12 October 2017
With Max Czollek, Dan Thy Nguyen, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, and Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz (in German)

People, National Community, AfD

10 October 2017
Book presentation and discussion with the author Michael Wildt and Alexander Häusler (in German)
Audio: in German

Future Memories

26 September 2017
Discussion on the Importance of Minority Perspectives for European Societies’ Commemorative Cultures

Man as Lord or Guardian of Creation?

13 July 2017
Reading with discussion: Nawal Ammar and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
Video: German and English, no subtitles

Yousef Abad

6 July 2017
Eliz Sanasarian and Elham Rokni on video art by Elham Rokni and the situation of Jews in Iran from the 1979 revolution to today.
Audio: in English

Religion. Fashion. Empowerment.

29 June 2017
Discussion with Reina Lewis and Meriem Lebdiri (in German and English)

With Karamba to the Bundestag
My Journey from Senegal to the German Parliament

1 June 2017
Karamba Diaby tells of his birth country Senegal, of life in the GDR, his work in the Bundestag, and of his vision of an open and future-oriented society.
Audio: in German

Ariel Sabar
My Father’s Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

11 May 2017
Reading and talk with the writer Ariel Sabar on the story of his father Yona Sabar, professor of the Neo-Aramaic language, and the Kurdish-Jewish history.
Audio: in English

Israelis in Germany
Ideological Debates and Changing Identities

4 May 2017
Talk and Slideshow with Dr. Dani Kranz and Katja Harbi from the University of Wuppertal on Israeli Jews in today's Germany.
Audio: in German

Im/Possibilities
Perspectives on Refugee Participation

29 March 2017
Conference on the situation for refugees in Europe and Germany. Recording of the opening event with a talk by Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK, followed by a panel discussion.
Audio: in German and English

Our Father: A Sinti Family Recounts

23 March 2017
Conversation and reading with the German-Sinti civil rights activist and author Anita Awosusi and her daughter Tayo Onutor about their family’s history.
Audio: in German

The Acid Test
How Fear of Foreigners is Threatening our Democracy

16 February 2017
The Islamic studies and education scholar Lamya Kaddor reads from her book and discusses integration with Minister of State Aydan Özoğuz and Andreas Zick.
Audio: in German

Jews in North Africa During the Second World War

26 Januar 2017
Theme day with lectures by Michel Abitbol, Eric Salerno, Patrick Bernhard, Haim Saadoun, and panel discussion
Language: German, English, and French

A Jew in Neukölln – My Path to Coexistence of Religions

19 October 2016
The theology student and writer Ármin Langer reads from his book and talks about Jewish life in Neukölln.
Audio: in German

Sites of Memory: Lost and Entangled Narratives

16 September 2016
Conference with Dr. Rosa Fava, Juliane Jurewicz, Prof. Dr. Iman Attia, Olga Gerstenberger, Ozan Keskinkiliç, Anita Awosusi, Ilona Lagrene, Prof. Dr. Michael Rothberg, and Serpil Polat
Video: in German and English, no subtitles

TIME OF CRISIS

7 September 2016
Panel discussion with Dan Diner, Adam Michnik, Dietmar Herz, Étienne François, and Hans Kundnani
Video: in German, no subtitles

Antisemitism in the Arabic World – Facts and Myths

26 April 2016
Panel discussion with Michael Kiefer and Omar Kamil
Video: in German, no subtitles

Angst ums Abendland (Fears For the West)
Book Presentation with Daniel Bax

6 April 2016
Talk with Daniel Bax and Gideon Botsch on Right-wing populist parties, anti-Muslim sentiments, flight and asylum.
Audio: in German

Post-migrant Society?!

12–14 November 2015
International conference, recording of the opening event
Video: in German and English, no subtitles

Kill Me a Son!

3–4 September 2015
Symposium, recording of the opening event
With: Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer and Prof. Dr. Angelika Neuwirth
Video: in German, no subtitles

The Realignment of "Education after Auschwitz" in Immigration Society

27 January 2015
Book presentation and panel discussion with the author Rosa Fava, Angela Kühner (University of Frankfurt), Selman Erkovan, history teacher in training, and Marco Kühnert, a guide at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Hamburg.
Audio: in German

A Shared View of Europe – Jewish and Muslim Experiences as Reflected in Public Controversies

19 January 2015
Panel discussion with Prof. Nilüfer Göle, Shai Lavi and Gökçe Yurdakul
Video: in German, no subtitles

Contemporary Jewish Life in a Global Modernity

11–12 December 2014
International conference, recording of the presentation "Future of European Jewry"
With: Dr. Karen Körber and Dr. Diana Pinto
Video: in English, no subtitles

Snip it?!

4 December 2014, 7 pm
Presentation of a study on the circumcision debate followed by a discussion as part of the Judeo-Islamic Forum.
Video: in German, no subtitles

Concepts of Citizenship and Participation in European Comparison

7–8 April 2014
Symposium, recording of the keynote by Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck and the followed panel discussion
With: Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck, Dr. Manuela Bojadžijev, Josip Juratovic and Dr. Monika Lüke
Video: in German, no subtitles

Is Higher Education a Safeguard Against Racism and Antisemitism?

20 February 2014
Presentation of a study followed by panel discussion with Wassilis Kassis, Charlotte Schallié, Iman Attia, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum and Andreas Zick
Video: in German, no subtitles

Modernized, then Tolerated?

10 October 2013
Panel discussion with Micha Brumlik, Petra Bahr, Kadir Sanci, and Thomas Bauer about religion and navigating between tradition and adaptation.
Audio: in German

The History of Jews and Dönme in Turkey

31 January 2011
The Turkish studies scholar Corry Guttstadt and the historian Marc Baer discuss the history of Jews and Dönme (converts) in Turkey.
Audio: in German

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