Jewish Academy and Goethe University of Frankfurt to cooperate on research and education

The Goethe University of Frankfurt and the Jewish Academy of the Central Council of Jews in Germany have signed a memorandum of understanding on research and education.

Both insitutions have agreed to set up a Jewish Academy in Frankfurt and to cooperate closely on research and teaching, and cooperate closely in the future to lay the foundations for joint academic projects.

“The Jewish Academy will be an enrichment for Frankfurt as an educational location
and the Rhine-Main region – in many respects. The Goethe University feels deeply connected to the Academy not only because of its own history; synergies are particularly obvious: hardly any other university location in university location in Germany has such a diversity of subjects with a perspective on Judaism,” said University President Prof. Enrico Schleiff.

The Goethe University, with its strong focus on philosophy and philosophy and Jewish studies, is an excellent partner for this new institution.and lasting cooperation is in the interest of both parties.

“With the Jewish Academy, we want to enrich the social conversations taking place in our country from a Jewish perspective. At the same time, we want to strengthen the academic work on Jewish topics. Therefore, the cooperation with the Goethe University is a forward-looking and and extremely valuable step,” said Dr. Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

An intellectual point of attraction for Jews from Germany, but also for members of other religious communities – that is what the Jewish Academy is to become.

“In its work, the academy will promote active tolerance and the equal cultures,” says Prof. Doron Kiesel, one of the two founding directors of the Jewish Academy.

“We want to convey an enlightened Judaism in which different traditions have their place. It is important to convey an identity to Jewish people in the modern age,” emphasised
Sabena Donath, the second founding director.

The cooperation builds on a solid basis: The education department of the Central Council, from which the academy originated, is already in close cooperation with the Protestant theologian and Jewish studies expert Prof. Christian Wiese, with whom several conferences have been held.

Another joint project is about to start: A memorial book of Hessian synagogues is to be published in close cooperation with the Education Department of the Central Council and the Jewish Museum Frankfurt.

The Goethe University’s collections are open to the Jewish Academy: The Judaica and Hebraica collection of the university library is the largest collection of its kind in Germany and is one of the most important worldwide.

The size and quality of these collections enables the study of Jewish culture from almost all perspectives. The subject of a research project will also be the research and teaching material collection on the topic of “Education after Auschwitz”.

At the signing ceremony at the Westend Campus, speakers included: historian Prof. Birgit Emich, Prof. Christian Wiese, Uwe Becker, Commissioner of State of Hesse for fostering Jewish Life and conbatting antisemitism, and State Secretary for Federal and European Affairs in Hesse and Dr. Ina Hartwig.

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