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Hevrutah: Zerheilen – Healing to Pieces. Otherness

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

Students in a Talmud class look at texts or at each other while a white dove flies in the foreground of the picture

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 second event in the “Hevrutah” (“Friendship”) series is on the topic of “otherness.” Using poems and other short pieces, Liad Hussein Kantorowicz, Benyamin Reich, Irene Runge, and Adam Joachim Goldmann, together with participants from the audience, will discuss how a self-perceived or an externally determined, ascribed otherness shapes a society’s view of that society, and whether this view necessitates a particular kind of responsibility. 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)

Video recording from 9 Dec 2021 (in German); Jewish Museum Berlin 2021

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.


  • Liad Hussein Kantorowicz is a political performance artist and activist from Palestine-Israel.
  • Benyamin Reich is an art photographer. He was born into an ultra-orthodox Jewish family in Israel, and studied at ENSBA - Paris (École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts) and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Reich has lived in Berlin since 2009.
  • Irene Runge is a writer, commentator, and doctor of sociology. Born in New York to parents who were émigrés from Germany, she arrived in East Berlin in 1949 and grew up in the GDR. In 1980s East Berlin, Runge founded the initiative "Wir für uns – Juden für Juden" (Us For Ourselves: Jews for Jews) within East Berlin's Jewish community. In 1989, she co-founded the independent Jüdischer Kulturverein Berlin (Berlin Jewish Cultural Association). She is long retired, but remains active as a writer.
  • Adam Joachim Goldmann is a photographer and international cultural journalist, and writes for publications including the NY Times. He lives in Berlin, New York and Munich.
  • Daniel Schönpflug is Professor of Modern History at the Free University Berlin and Academic Coordinator at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute of Advanced Study) Berlin.

Where, when, what?

  • When Thu 9 Dec 2021, 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 Participation in the event is by registration, which is open to everyone. The selected texts will be made available after registration.
    The “Hevrutah” table is not on a stage but in the middle of the room, surrounded by the visitors to the event. There are also empty chairs at the table for anyone who wishes to actively participate. Passive participation is of course equally welcome.

    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.

    For journalists T +49 (0)30 259 93 419

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