Conservative Movement to Launch Rabbinical Seminary in Germany

Will Launch Next Fall At University of Potsdam

By JTA

Published October 16, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share

The Conservative movement will open a seminary in Germany near Berlin.

The Zacharias Frankel European Campus of the American Jewish University’s Ziegler Rabbinical School in Los Angeles is scheduled to launch next fall at the University of Potsdam. The seminary outside Berlin is believed to be the first Conservative seminary in Europe and will start taking applications on Nov. 17.

The university also is home to Abraham Geiger College, a Reform seminary that launched in 1999.

The Conservative, or Masorti, and Reform seminaries will be separate but share secular studies, which was something demanded by the state, according to Rabbi Walter Homolka, rector of the Abraham Geiger College and chairman of the Leo Baeck Foundation.

It is hoped that the students in both rabbinic programs will share ideas and inspiration, said Berlin Rabbi Gesa Ederberg, executive vice president of Masorti Europe, who will supervise mentoring and internships for the students and act as liaison on behalf of Masorti Germany.

Rather than a joint program, “it is a cooperation between Reform and Masorti,” Ederberg said. “Knowing about each other helps us to see where can we cooperate well, and what the differences are.”

The opening of the Frankel campus is one of several major developments at the University of Potsdam, including the Nov. 19 debut of its School for Jewish Theology. The theology school has enrolled 47 students.

“It is the first state university department for Jewish theology in the history of European universities,” Homolka noted. Until now, the German university system had only subsidized Catholic and Protestant theological training programs.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • Mazel tov to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky!
  • If it's true, it's pretty terrifying news.
  • “My mom went to cook at the White House and all I got was this tiny piece of leftover raspberry ganache."
  • Planning on catching "Fading Gigolo" this weekend? Read our review.
  • A new initiative will spend $300 million a year towards strengthening Israel's relationship with the Diaspora. http://jd.fo/q3Iaj Is this money spent wisely?
  • Lusia Horowitz left pre-state Israel to fight fascism in Spain — and wound up being captured by the Nazis and sent to die at Auschwitz. Share her remarkable story — told in her letters.
  • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
  • A grumpy Jewish grandfather is wary of his granddaughter's celebrating Easter with the in-laws. But the Seesaw says it might just make her appreciate Judaism more. What do you think?
  • “Twist and Shout.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “Brown-Eyed Girl.” What do these great songs have in common? A forgotten Jewish songwriter. We tracked him down.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.