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Dialogical Lecture Series

Overview of all lecture series as part of our Jewish Islamic Forum

Video recordings

Our Academy’s Jewish-Islamic Forum

All About ...

Cherchez la femme

Wig, Burqa, Wimple

31 Mar to 27 Aug 2017

Screenshot: city map with markers and a menu bar

Online Platform Jewish Places

On the Topography of Jewish Life in Germany

Since 2018

Silver washbasin with flowers and ornaments, in the middle a Hebrew inscription

Hand Washbasin

Unusual objects tell stories of Jewish life

Objects from Our Core Exhibition

JMB Journal 8: The Whole Truth...

Special Issue for the Exhibition


 Tefillin (prayer belt)

Religion and Ritual. Are There Jewish Things?

For groups

by appointment

Judaism for Beginners

This workshop is suitable for grades 5 to 13 as well as for adults (in German).

Digital Workshop
by appointment

JMB Journal 10: Body


Black-and-white photograph of a man holding a scalpel to the upper arm of another man who is smiling for the camera

From Cowpox to Covid-19

Nearly 200 years of vaccine certificates document Jewish stances on vaccination

Online Feature

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

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? (in German)

Audio recording
10 Oct 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


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

Question of the Month

JMB Journal 9: Times


What role do gender themes play?

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

Question of the Month

A Time for Everything

Rituals against Forgetting – Exhibition catalog


Torah scroll: it is slightly rolled up so that two columns of Hebrew text are visible

Religion and Ritual

Guided tour for groups through our core exhibition

Guided Tour
by appointment

Highlights from the Braginsky Collection

Catalog for the exhibition The Creation of the World


Torah scroll: it is slightly rolled up so that two columns of Hebrew text are visible

Religion and Ritual (90 minutes)

Insights into the diversity within Judaism

Guided Tour
Every Saturday, 3 pm

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 2019/20: The Others’ Faith (6)

The Others’ Faith

This lecture series explores the complex relationship of Judaism and Islam to the other religions. Two researchers are invited to each event who present the topic from Jewish and Islamic perspectives and enter into dialog with each other.

On the Path to Enlightenment: Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism

With Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University) und Johan Elverskog (Southern Methodist University)

Lecture Series
24 Sep 2020 (with video recording)

Tying the Knot versus Bonds with God: Jews and Muslims in Interfaith Marriages

With Madeleine Dreyfus (psychoanalyst with a doctorate in cultural anthropology) und Imen Gallala-Arndt (lawyer and a lecturer at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)

Lecture Series
Thu, 18 Jun 2020 (with video recording)

Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism

With Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (Johns Hopkins University), in German and English

Lecture Series
20 Apr 2020 (with video recording)

What Do You Think about Jesus? Judaism, Islam, and Christianity

With Israel Yuval (Hebrew University in Jerusalem) and Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth (Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), in German and English

Lecture Series
18 Feb 2020 (with video recording)

Mono or Poly? Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism

With Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein (Elijah Interfaith Institute) and Reza Shah-Kazemi (Institute of Ismaili Studies in London)

Lecture Series
4 Feb 2020 (with video recording)

Judaism and Islam – The History of Theological Relations

With Lukas Mühlethaler (Free University Berlin) and Imam Abdullah Antepli (Duke University, USA), in German and English

Lecture Series
21 Nov 2019

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?

With Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Arizona State University in Tempe) and Nawal Ammar (Rowan University in New Jersey), in German and English

Lecture Series
13 Jul 2017

Sexual Ethics: Sexuality, Lust, Eroticism, and God

With David Biale (Eros and the Jews) and Kecia Ali (Sexual Ethics and Islam), in German and English

Lecture Series
16 May 2017 (with video recording)

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

With Michael Broyde (Emory University) and Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University), in German and English

Lecture Series
6 Apr 2017 (with video recording)

The Boundaries of Life - Bioethical Challenges

With Laurie Zoloth (Weinberg College, Northwestern University) and İlhan İlkılıç (University of Istanbul), in German and English​

Lecture Series
23 Feb 2017 (with video recording)

2 Porträts

Business Ethics – Is Capitalism Kosher/Halal?

With Nathan Lee Kaplan (author) and Idris Nassery (University of Paderborn), in German

Lecture Series
8 Dec 2016 (with video recording​)

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Social Ethics – On Fair Social Order

With Ingrid Mattson (Western University, Canada) and Micha Brumlik (Berlin-Brandenburg Center of Jewish Studies), in German and English

Lecture Series
26 Oct 2016 (with video recording)