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Founded in 1999, Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam is a rabbinical seminary, an affiliated institute of the University of Potsdam in the Federal Republic of Germany and the first such foundation in continental Europe after the Shoah. It is named after Abraham Geiger, an important representative of Liberal Judaism in Germany, named and was launched by the Rabbis Jacob Walter and Walter Homolka. Rector of the College since the beginning Walter Homolka. Since 2008, it also trains cantors.
Involvement in national and international structures
Since 2001, the Abraham Geiger College Member of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Its graduates are accredited since 2005 by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. The ordination of the first year on 14 September 2006: Daniel age, Tomáš Kučera and Malcolm Mattitiani were appointed rabbis. Age supervised September 2006 to July 2008, the Jewish community Oldenburg, Kucera care of the Liberal Jewish Community of Munich Beth Shalom. Mattitiani returned to South Africa and took over the spiritual guidance of the Temple of Israel Congregation in Cape Town. This was the first ordination since 1942 in Germany, as the Academy for the Science of Judaism in Berlin was closed by the Gestapo.
The five-year training takes place in cooperation with the College of Jewish Studies. It concludes with a master's in Jewish studies. The College is an affiliated institute of the University of Potsdam. It is funded by the Federal Republic of Germany, the Standing Conference of all the German states, the Central Council of Jews in Germany, the State of Brandenburg and the Leo Baeck Foundation.
In 2007, the Abraham Geiger College was awarded as " Landmark in the Land of Ideas", a regional initiative under the patronage of Federal President Horst Köhler. The same award in 2009 received the cantor training.
2010 Alina Treiger was ordained as the first woman in Germany after the 1944 massacres Regina Jonas by the College to Rabbi.
Abraham Geiger Prize
The Abraham Geiger College awards since 2000 every two years, the Abraham Geiger Prize for " contributions to Judaism in all its diversity ." The donated by Karl -Hermann Blickle prize money of 10,000 euros.
- 2000: Susannah Heschel
- 2002: Emil Fackenheim
- 2006: Karl Lehmann
- 2008: Hassan ibn Talal
- 2009: Hans Küng
- 2011: Helen Zille
- 2013: Annette Schavan
Emil Fackenheim Lecture
The Abraham Geiger College invites significant representatives of Judaic Studies, which connect through their work tradition and modernity.
- 2003: John Desmond Rayner
- 2004: Daniel Boyarin, University of California, Berkeley
- 2005: Jacob Allerhand, University of Vienna
- 2007: Michael Marmur, Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem
- 2008: Shimon Shetreet, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- 2009: Seth Kunin, University of Durham
- 2010: David Biale, University of California, Davis
- 2011: David Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania
- 2012: Hanna Liss, College of Jewish Studies
- 2013: René Bloch, University of Bern