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Wig, Burqa, Wimple

31 Mar to 27 Aug 2017

Online Platform Jewish Places

On the Topography of Jewish Life in Germany

Since 2018

The Whole Truth ...Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Jews

22 Mar to 1 Sep 2013

Modernized, then Tolerated?

Do religions need reformation or do they have a history that we do not really understand?

Audio recording
10 October 2013


An Installation in 15 Rooms by Saskia Boddeke & Peter Greenaway

22 May to 15 Nov 2015

Between Marrakesh and Mashhad

Jews in Islamic Countries

Film and Reading Series

Snip it!Stances on Ritual Circumcision

24 Oct 2014 to 1 Mar 2015

Siegfried Leopold’s Get for His Wife Resi

Ritual bill of divorce under Jewish law

From our Holdings

JMB Journal 6: Generations


Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

An event series by the Jewish-Islamic Forum

Lecture Series

JMB Journal 9: Times


Science and Faith in Judaism and Islam

An event series by the Jewish-Islamic Forum (with video recordings)

Lecture Series

A Time for Everything

Rituals against Forgetting – Exhibition catalog


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

Question of the Month

Highlights from the Braginsky Collection

Catalog for the exhibition The Creation of the World


What role do gender themes play?

What’s the story with women rabbis? (And prayer at the Western Wall?)

Question of the Month

Religion and Ritual

Guided tour for groups through our core exhibition

Guided Tour
by appointment

JMB Journal 8: The Whole Truth...

Special Issue for the Exhibition


Religion and Ritual (90 minutes)

Insights into the diversity within Judaism

Guided Tour
Every Saturday, 3 pm

Hand Washbasin

Unusual objects tell stories of Jewish life

Objects from Our Core Exhibition

JMB Journal 10: Body


Religion and Ritual. Are There Jewish Things?

For groups

by appointment

A synagogue curtain at the Brandenburg Cathedral Chapter

Book presentation by Vera Bendt

Audio recording
23 November 2006

Self Displaced Person. Peter Szondi's Problematic Judaism

Andreas Isenschmid on Judaism in the life and work of Peter Szondi

Audio recording
3 December 2007

The Creation of the World

Illustrated Manuscripts from the Braginsky Collection

4 Apr to 3 Aug 2014

The Fragile Foundation: The Quest for German-Jewish “Normalcy”

Audio recording of the talk by Salomon Korn (in German)

Audio recording
30 Sep 2003

Kosher – Don't You Have That in Islam, Too?

An exchange program between two Berlin schools

Project Documentation

A peek at the exhibition in the Diaspora Garden


Exhibition on religious clothing in the Diaspora Garden

1 Jun to 1 Sep 2017

Lecture Series 2018-19: Science and Faith in Judaism and Islam (6)

Science and Faith in Judaism and Islam

Scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology over the past centuries have called into question the centrality of humans as the “crown of creation.”

Today, religious and scientific positions are often seen as irreconcilable. This lecture series sets out to explore the tensions and affinities between Judaism, Islam, and the sciences.

Creation and Evolution in Schools

With Rachel S. A. Pear (Center for Jewish Education in the University of Haifa) and Anila Asghar (Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, Canada)

Lecture Series
4 Jul 2019

Do You Believe in Miracles?

With James A. Diamond (Professor in Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada) and Umeyye Isra Yazicioglu (Professor in Religious Studies at St. Joseph’s University in Philidelphia, United States)

Lecture Series
13 Jun 2019 (with video recording)

Humanity: Between Destiny and Free Will

With Alan Mittleman (Jewish Theological Seminary of America) and Martin Mahmud Kellner (Institute of Islamic Theology, Osnabrück)

Lecture Series
30 Apr 2019 (with video recording)

How Much God Is in the Holy Scriptures?

With Benjamin Sommer (expert in modern Jewish theology) and Ghassan el Masri (researcher on the Koran in the context of the Arabic literature of his time), in German and English

Lecture Series
5 Mar 2019 (with video recording)

God, Darwin, and Evolution

With Natan Slifkin (Biblical Museum of Natural History, Beit Shemesh, Israel) and Fatimah Jackson (Howard University, USA)

Lecture Series
31 Jan 2019 (with video recording)

Science in the Light of Faith

With Geoffrey A. Mitelman (Sinai and Synapses) and Ahmad S. Dallal (Georgetown University, Qatar)

Lecture Series
20 Nov 2018 (with video recording)

Lecture Series: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights (6)

Lecture Series: Ethical Questions in Judaism and Islam (with video recordings) (6)

Ethical Questions in Judaism and Islam (with video recordings)

The lecture series explored contentious ethical issues from diverse aspects of life and shed light on them from Jewish and Islamic perspectives. Two guest scholars gave each lecture, presented their tradition’s position, and engaged in a mutual dialogue.

Man as Lord or Guardian of Creation?

13 July 2017
Discussion: Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Director of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, and Nawal Ammar, Dean of the Humanities & Social Sciences College at Rowan University in New Jersey

Sexual Ethics: Sexuality, Lust, Eroticism, and God

16 May 2017
Discussion: David Biale, author of Eros and the Jews: From Biblical Israel to Contemporary America and Kecia Ali, author of Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Quran, Hadith, and Jurisprudence.

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

6 April 2017
Discussion: Michael Broyde, Professor and Head of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, and Asma Afsaruddin, Professor at Indiana University.

The Boundaries of Life - Bioethical Challenges

Discussion: Laurie Zoloth professor of religion at Weinberg College, Northwestern University, and Ilhan Ilkilic, director of the Institute for Health Sciences and the Institute for the History of Medicine and Ethics at the University of Istanbul.

Lecture Series
23 February 2017 – with video recording

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Business Ethics – Is Capitalism Kosher/Halal?

8 December 2016
Discussion: Nathan Lee Kaplan, author of a book on Talmudic business ethics, and Idris Nassery, research associate at the Institute of Islamic Theology, University of Paderborn

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Social Ethics – On Fair Social Order

26 October 2016
Discussion: Ingrid Mattson, professor of Islamic Studies, Huron College of Western University in Canada, and Micha Brumlik, senior advisor at the Berlin-Brandenburg Center of Jewish Studies

Lecture Series: Judaism & Islam in the Diaspora (with video footage) (5)

Judaism & Islam in the Diaspora (with video footage)

The series of panel discussions explored topical questions that Jews and Muslims in the diaspora confront in their everyday religious practice. Each event featured two academics presenting the Jewish and Islamic perspectives.

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Feminist Approaches to Judaism and Islam

14 April 2016
Panel Discussion with Judith Plaskow, religious scholar and author of one of the first works of Jewish feminist theology, New York and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, researcher on Islamic law and gender, London.

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Organic Meets Kosher and Halal

1 June 2016
Panel Discussion with Shai Lavi, Professor of Law and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University, and Sarra Tlili, University of Florida.

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Religious Law and Secular State

9 December 2015
Panel Discussion with Ronen Reichman, Professor of Talmud, Codices, and Rabbinic Literature at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg and Mathias Rohe, Professor of Civil Law, Private International Law, and Comparative Law as well as head of the Erlangen Center for Islam and the Law in Europe (EZIRE), Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg.

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What Does Diaspora Mean for Jews and Muslims?

29 October 2015
Panel Discussion with Michael L. Satlow, Professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies at Brown University, Providence and Sarah Albrecht, research associate at the Institute of Islamic Studies, Free University Berlin.

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Becoming a Jew, Becoming a Muslim

18 February 2016
Panel Discussion with Tobias Jona Simon, rabbi of the Association of Jewish Communities in Lower Saxony and Esra Özyürek, professor for Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, London School of Economics.