Moses Mendelssohn and the Promise of the Enlightenment

Guided Tour for Adults

Photo of the permanent exhibition segment Moses Mendelssohn with visitors

This tour concentrates on the Haskalah, the period of the Jewish Enlightenment that began in the eighteenth century, and on its most famous proponent, Moses Mendelssohn.

By appointment
Gebäudeplan mit Markierung des Libeskindbaus
Where

Libeskind Building, permanent exhibition

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

As no other, Moses Mendelssohn exemplified the movement to open Jewish tradition to the majority culture. Jewish men and women began to adapt their language and traditions to their environment. As a representative of the Haskalah, Mendelssohn championed the synthesis of both cultures – Jewish and Christian. He lived as a cosmopolitan, enlightened thinker and ardent supporter of Frederick the Great, while strictly observing Jewish religious law. The commitment of Mendelssohn and others like him to greater interaction between the Jewish and the Christian worlds met with opposition from contemporaries on all sides. Orthodox Jews saw their traditions jeopardized; Christians were loath to show tolerance.

Jewish Museum Berlin, Photo: Jens Ziehe

Gebäudeplan mit Markierung des Libeskindbaus
Where

Libeskind Building, permanent exhibition

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

More Information

  • When

    By appointment

  • Duration

    1 hour

  • Where
    Libeskind Building, permanent exhibition

    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

  • Entry fee

    60 euros (plus admission fee; one chaperon free of charge)

  • Information and Reservation

    Education Department
    phone: +49 (0)30 259 93 305
    fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 412
    gruppen@jmberlin.de

  • Educational method

    Tour

  • Teilnehmer*innenzahl

    max. 15

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