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Hevrutah: Zer­heilen– Healing to Peaces. Homeland/Diaspora

Program to Accompany the Exhibition Frédéric Brenner – ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES (video recording available, in German)

Photography of woman in blue summer dress sitting on the ground in the forest and grabbing her hair above her forehead

From the photographic essay ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES by Frédéric Brenner; Jewish Museum Berlin, purchased with the support of the Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin

The third event in the series explores the subject of “homeland/Diaspora.” Using short texts and images from the exhibition Frédéric Brenner – ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES, Akiva Weingarten, Sonia Simmenauer, Elad Lapidot, and Aviva Ronnefeld, together with members of the audience, will discuss the confluence of “homeland” and “Diaspora” that so often characterizes Jewish lives. What constructive tension emerges from this confluence? What shadows does it cast? The hevrutah will be moderated by Daniel Schönpflug.

recording available

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green


W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

At the center of the program accompanying Frédéric Brenner’s exhibition is the practice of “Hevrutah” (“friendship”), a gathering for the purpose of shared learning. We invite the exhibition’s cast and the public to come together over a text, to read it and discuss it.

Video recording from 16 February 2022; Jewish Museum Berlin 2022


  • Akiva Weingarten is a New York-born, liberal Chassidic rabbi. He is active in the Jewish communities of Dresden and Basel, Switzerland.
  • Sonia Simmenauer grew up in France. In 1989, she founded Impressariat Simmenauer, which is now one of the world’s most important agencies representing chamber music ensembles. In addition, as a lecturer, author, and speaker, she engages with foundational questions of the cultural world in Germany and Europe.
  • Elad Lapidot, born in Jerusalem in 1976, is a professor at the Faculty of Languages, Cultures, and Societies at the University of Lille. He also teaches at the University of Bern, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and Freie Universität Berlin. He researches political epistemology in contemporary philosophy and the Talmudic intellectual tradition. His most recent book, Anti-Anti-Semitismus: Eine philosophische Kritik (Anti-Antisemitism: A Philosophical Critique), was published this year.
  • Aviva Ronnefeld is a visual artist and painter. Born in 1957 in Salzburg, Austria, she moved to Italy in 1975, where she studied political science until 1984. Later she lived in Paris and Vienna. Today she lives and works in the Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin.
  • Daniel Schönpflug is a professor of contemporary history at the Freie Universität Berlin and the academic coordinator at the Wissenschaftskollegs zu Berlin (Berlin Institute for Advanced Study).

Where, when, what?

  • When Wed 16 Feb 2022, 7.30 pm
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

    See location on map
  • Entry fee

    Free of charge

  • Participation After you register, we will give you access to the texts to be discussed at the event. What's special about Chevruta is that whenever you like, you can take a seat at the Chevruta table and join in the discussion, or if you prefer, you can follow along as an audience member. You are welcome to take part however you like!

    Corona rulesAll guests to live events are required to follow the current hygiene regulations of the Jewish Museum Berlin.

    LivestreamThe event will be streamed live. You can find the livestream on this page and on our YouTube channel.

    LanguageThe event will be conducted in German.

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