Moses Mendelssohn and the Promise of the Enlightenment

Tour about the Age of Enlightenment for High School Students

This guided tour for students aged 14 to 18 presents Moses Mendelssohn as a German philosopher and a pioneer of the Jewish Enlightenment.

Moses Mendelssohn, the son of a poor Torah scribe from Dessau, was one of the most significant philosophers and exponents of the Enlightenment. In Berlin, he became acquainted with Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, whose play Nathan the Wise paid him literary tribute. Like no Jewish figure before him, Moses Mendelssohn influenced the modern culture of his day while strictly living by Jewish religious rules.

By appointment
Gebäudeplan mit Markierung des Libeskindbaus
Where

Libeskind Building, permanent exhibition

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

The tour explains why Moses Mendelssohn's German translation of the Torah made an important contribution toward Jews' integration into German society. It also uses the example of the collaboration between the Jewish minority and the Christian majority to illuminate the emergence of the modern concept of citizenship.

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

    30 euros (including 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

  • Age

    14 to 18

  • Educational method

    Tour

  • Teilnehmer*innenzahl

    max. 15

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