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The “Koscher Light” Generation Young Russian-speaking Jews in Berlin

Reading and Discussion with Alina Gromova as Part of the New German Stories Series

Which role do urban spaces play for the identities of young, Russian-speaking Jewish immigrants living in Germany today? The ethnologist Alina Gromova accompanied 15 young adults for one year through their daily lives, following them to Jewish meeting places and parties, cafés and homes, synagogues and clubs. Where Jewish, Russian, German, Israeli and Muslim traditions meet, Jewish religion and symbolism are treated informally:

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  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)

The "kosher light" generation eludes the clear classification into ethnic and religious categories. The religion and tradition that they live follow the laws of urbanity and thus form a new understanding of what is Jewish.

Moderated by: Yasemin Shooman, Head of the Academy Programs Migration and Diversity

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  • When 9 September 2014, 7.30 pm
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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

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Event Series: New German Stories (14)

New German Stories

Since 2014, New German Stories has been illustrating Germany’s past and present as a multiethnic society through the lens of individual lives. The event series includes readings, film screenings, and conversations.

Phral mende – Who We Are

15 March 2018
Film and Discussion on Perspectives of Sinti and Roma in Germany

Dmitrij Belkin

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

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

19 Oct 2017

With Karamba to the Bundestag

Reading and Discussion with Karamba Diaby (in German)

1 Jun 2017

Vater unser
Eine Sintifamilie erzählt
(Our Father. A Sinti Family Recounts)

Discussion and reading with Anita Awosusi

23 Mar 2017

Black and white portrait of a young man with glasses in half profile

A Jew in Neukölln:
My Path to Coexistence of Religions

The theology student and journalist Ármin Langer presents his first book

19 Oct 2016

A man is painting on a waggon

Children of the liberation

6 July 2016
Discussion and reading with Marion Kraft, Ika Hügel-Marshall and Judy Gummich: The perspectives of black Germans of the postwar generation

A woman and a man (heads)

ХАИМ – HEIM (Home)

15 March 2016
Discussion and film clips with Robert Schulzmann

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Eine jüdische Mutter packt aus (A Jewish mother reveals all)

19 May 2015
Reading and discussion with Adriana Altaras

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Osama bin Laden is sleeping with fishes

10 March 2015
Reading and discussion with Ahmad Milad Karimi

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The “Koscher Light” Generation

9 September 2014
Reading and discussion with Alina Gromova

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8 July 2014
Film showing and discussion with Canan Turan

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Being German and Black as well

13 May 2014
Reading and discussion with Theodor Michael

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On Growing up and Living in Germany

20 March 2014
Reading and discussion with Urmila Goel and Nisa Punnamparambil-Wolf

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We, the new Germans
Who we are, what we want

15 January 2014
Reading and discussion with Alice Bota, Khuê Pham and Özlem Topçu