The School of Jewish Theology is appalled by the alleged sexual harassment at one of our partner institutions, the Abraham Geiger College, that has recently come to light. The Abraham Geiger College has found that an employee of theirs — who also taught as an adjunct in our study program — sexually harassed students on at least two occasions, leading to his termination. We are profoundly regretful for the harmful experiences to which these students have been subjected as well as for the insufficient protection they have received.
In 2020, the School of Jewish Theology instituted a new “Respectful Treatment and Protection from Discrimination” policy to promote a safe and equitable work and study environment. Needless to say, the cases that have come to light, as well as the published allegations of abuse of power, highlight the limitations of such institutional guidelines; we must all strive to realize their objectives even in the face of resistance. Harassment, violence, and discrimination in any form, as well as the abuse of power, have no place in the School of Jewish Theology and will not be tolerated.
Along with many others, we demand an independent, thorough and transparent investigation of all accusations and suspected cases of harassment and abuse of power at the Abraham Geiger College and the University of Potsdam, and we commit to actively support such a process. We also offer our full support to our students. If you have pertinent information to share, or if you would like to discuss the current allegations for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Council, trusted faculty members, or the Equal Opportunity Officer of the Faculty of Arts.
The members of the School of Jewish Theology
"Through Knowledge to Faith"
On the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin College for the Science of Judaism.
Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 6.30 p.m.
Einstein Hall of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Jägerstr. 22-23, 10117 Berlin)
From now on, Jewish refugees from Ukraine will be allowed to immigrate to Germany more easily. The local communities are helping them - and also the Ukrainian rabbinical student Alexander Kovtun.
The European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment
is pleased to announce its seventh international conference
Friday May 12 to Sunday May 14, 2023 | Universität Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
A House for Jewish Theology.
In 1758, Carl von Gontard built the Royal Court Gardener's House and the Orangerie at the Neues
Palais Potsdam. It was rebuilt and renovated for the Abraham Geiger Kolleg at the University of Potsdam, which was founded in 1999. Thus, in 2021, Europe's first rabbinical seminary after the Shoah has found its spatial home at the Sanssouci Palace Park.
The School of Jewish Theology, established in 2013, and the conservative Zacharias Frankel College are also located here. Together they form a unique European centre of Jewish scholarship.
The spiritual centre for the training of rabbis and cantors is Potsdam's first synagogue after the Second World War, with a contemporary work of art by the South Korean SEO.
The historical ensemble is given a further contemporary accent by Eva Leitolf's work "This Is Not a Thornbush" on the southern glass front of the Orangerie. The book presents this exciting interplay of history and exciting interplay of history and modernity.
Anne-M. Brenker, Walter Homolka (Hrsg.): Ein Haus für Jüdische Theologie. Architekturführer.
128 Seiten, vierfarbig, mit zahlreichen Abbildungen.
Verlagsgruppe Patmos, Ostfildern 2021
ISBN 978-3-8436-1272-2, 20,- €.
Centre of Jewish Scholarship opens at Neues Palais - with Potsdam's first synagogue since the war.
An interview with Rabbi Prof. Dr. Walter Homolka can be found here.
AGK alumna news:
Sveta Kundish performs psalm 130 in Hebrew ("Shir ha-ma'alot") on a brand new CD , on the famous ECM label.
Religious Studies scholar Dr. Daniel Vorpahl researches the reception history of biblical texts - an interview
Donnerstag, 6. Mai 2021, 18:00 - 19:30 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Idan Dershowitz
(Lehrstuhlinhaber der Professur für Hebräische Bibel und Exegese, School of Jewish Theology an der Universität Potsdam)
spricht zum Thema:
„The Biggest Mistake in the History of Biblical Studies: A New Analysis of the Shapira Deuteronomy Manuscripts“
Moderation: Rabbiner Prof. Walter Homolka, PhD, PhD, DHL
(Lehrstuhlinhaber der Professur für Jüdische Religionsphilosophie der Neuzeit mit dem Schwerpunkt Denominationen und interreligiöser Dialog,
School of Jewish Theology an der Universität Potsdam)
Description of the topic:
In 1883, Moses Wilhelm Shapira presented several blackened leather fragments to scholars, claiming they had been discovered by Bedouins in a cave near the Dead Sea. These fragments contained a text that seemed to be an idiosyncratic version of the book of Deuteronomy. If au- thenticated by the British Museum, Shapira reportedly stood to make a million pounds on their sale. While several of the fragments were being examined, others were put on display, drawing scores of onlookers, including the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, William Gladstone. The excitement was short lived, however, and the unanimous verdict soon came in: The frag- ments were forgeries, and Shapira himself was the immediate suspect. It wasn’t long before Shapira took his own life.
Seminar in French
Prof. D. Krochmalnik
Monday 18-20 Uhr
Dr. Markus Krah receives the Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellowship 2021/22 from the Leo Baeck Institute New York for his project
»Schocken Books and the Cultural Legacy of German Jewry in America, 1945-1987«.
It can be used for archival travel, reproduction or transcription of sources, and other technical or staff support for research. The Leo Baeck Institute uses it to support research on the history and culture of German-speaking Jews.
More information on the Fellowship:
Symposium on Swedish Synagogue Architecture (1795–1870) and the Cultural Milieu of the Early Jewish Immigrants to Sweden, April 19 (via zoom). The symposium is organized by the University of Potsdam, the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and the CTR. More information can be found here.
Please register with us online in advance of the event.
The current research by Idan Dershowitz, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Exegesis at the School of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam
New Publication: Daniel Vorpahl’s Biography of the Book of Jonah
In mid-December the dissertation of Daniel Vorpahl was published under the title Aus dem Leben des Buches Jona: Rezeptionswissenschaftliche Methodik und innerjüdischer Rezeptionsdiskurs in the prestigious De Gruyter-series Studies of the Bible and Its Reception. Instead of common descriptive insights on a vaguely determined reception history, Daniel Vorpahl examines transmission-dynamical negotiation processes of the early Jewish and Rabbinic reception-discourse. Thereby, Vorpahl detects in his book on which intent and under which transmission-dynamical consequences the Book of Jonah was received during changing socio-cultural contexts. In order to distinguish it from a history of interpretation and a history of effects Vorpahl understands history of reception as a field of work and not as the object of his research. Following a specially developed method, receptions of Jonah are contextualized from a discourse-analytical perspective and examined comparatively along standardized analytical categories. Thereby Daniel Vorpahl’s work incorporates historical-critical approaches of the New Historicism as well as methodological principles from the comparative literary studies and religious studies together with theories of intertextuality. The result is a detailed image detail of a vivid inner-Jewish reception-discourse as well as a valuable method for future studies of reception.
On October 25, 2020, our former students N. Olhoeft and J. Weiner were ordained rabbis.
The University of Potsdam and the School of Jewish Theology are pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Idan Dershowitz as the new Chair of Hebrew Bible and Its Exegesis.
Dershowitz was most recently Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He received his doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, with a dissertation on the material methods of biblical redaction. He has published on diverse philological matters, ranging from the development of the biblical Flood narrative to the evolving attitudes towards homosexuality within the Hebrew Bible. Dershowitz’s research projects on computerized source analysis and his work on the composition of biblical texts will enrich the teaching and research of Biblical Studies at the School of Jewish Theology. We are delighted to have recruited such an innovative, committed and multifaceted biblical scholar for this central domain of Jewish theology, who will advance the profile of the Chair of Hebrew Bible and Its Exegesis internationally.
Dear instructors and colleagues,
Due to the surge in use of the DFN’s tried-and-tested web conferencing services (https://www.conf.dfn.de), considerable congestion has developed in recent weeks that the DFN cannot quickly resolve, despite expanding its capacities. The University of Potsdam has therefore acquired a campus license for Zoom as part of its emergency measures. More information and background are available at:
The Zoom campus license allows all UP students and employees to initiate audio and video events with up to 300 active participants. For larger events, webinar licenses are also available for a maximum of 500 active participants and 10,000 viewers.
Because the connection of our account administration still needs to be approved by Zoom, direct registration via the Zoom website using your ‘long-form’ email address is currently not required to use the software.
# If you do not know your long-form email address, please sign in to Moodle (https://moodle2.uni-potsdam.de) and click in the upper right on "Show Profile." The long form of your email address will be shown, e.g.: peter.kostaedtuuni-potsdampde
# If you have already created a Zoom account using your email address in the past, please sign in to Zoom:
After you have signed in to Zoom on your browser, please sign out using the profile icon in the upper right and sign in again. After signing in you will be shown an interim page where you can access the University of Potsdam account. Your profile data and scheduled meetings will remain unchanged.
If you originally created your account using the short form of your email address (e.g. kostaedtuuni-potsdampde), please enter your long-form email address in your profile under "Sign-In Email."
# If you are not yet a Zoom user, please register once with the long form of your email address under:
You will then receive a confirmation email from Zoom with a button "Access Account," which you must click.
Further information and support for Zoom can be found on the Online Teaching 2020 websites at:
The Central Service Address is available to answer questions at: zim-serviceuuni-potsdampde
Best wishes for a successful start in online teaching,
Peter Kostädt, CIO
Tilo Köhn, Director, ZIM
unter diesem Link findet ihr eine Kursangebotsübersicht als Wochenplan.
Werte Gasthörer*innen, auch für Sie besteht natürlich die Möglichkeit an den Online-Seminaren teilzunehmen. Kontaktieren Sie bitte dazu den/die Dozent/in. Eine Einschreibung in die digitale Lernplattform moodleist über dieses Formular möglich: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/db/zeik-portal/intern/moodle/anmeldung01.php
Gestalten Sie sich ein kreatives Semester und bleiben Sie gesund!
»Liebe Student*innen und Freund*innen der School of Jewish Theology,
da die Corona-Pandemie der Einen oder dem Anderen eine erhöhte Schreibtätigkeit ermöglicht, möchte ich euch heute auf die vereinfachten Anmeldeverfahren der Staatsbibliothek Berlin
und der Bayrischen Staatsbibliothek
Für beide Bibliotheken fallen keine Grundgebühren an, und ihr könnt online auf umfangreiche Datenbanken zugreifen.
Außerdem ist der Otzar ha-Hohma bis auf weiteres kostenlos geöffnet:
Ich wünsche euch allen eine stabile Gesundheit -
viele Grüße aus dem Homeoffice euer Johannes
Since the corona pandemic enables more people to write, I would like to inform you today about the simplified registration procedure for the Berlin State Library
and the Bavarian State Library
Clues. There are no basic fees for both libraries, and you can access extensive databases online.
In addition, the Otzar ha-Hohma is open free of charge until further notice:
Dank an Johannes für die Information.
wie Sie über die offizielle Uni-List schon erfahren haben, ist der gesamte Universitätsbetrieb der Universität Potsdam wegen der Corona-Pandemie bis mindestens zum 19. April 2020 stark eingeschränkt.
Nach bisherigem Stand beginnt die Vorlesungszeit des Sommersemesters erst am 20. April 2020.
Eventuell werden die Vorlesungen und Seminare im Sommersemester online anlaufen. Wenn dies der Fall sein sollte, erhalten Sie rechtzeitig Informationen, auf welchen Plattformen dies geschehen soll.
Aktuelle Informationen zum Studium und den Prüfungsleistungen finden Sie unter dem folgendem Link, diese werden regelmäßig aktualisiert: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/studium/corona
Die Professor*innen und Mitarbeiter*innen der School of Jewish Theology
sind wie gewohnt bis dahin über E-Mail oder Telefon erreichbar. Sprechstunden finden vorläufig nicht statt.
Sollten Sie Fragen zu Ihren Modularbeiten, BA-Arbeiten oder MA-Arbeiten haben, kontaktieren Sie bitte die zuständigen Betreuer*innen dieser Arbeiten per E-Mail.
Bei allgemeinen Fragen zum Studienablauf, zur Studienberatung wenden Sie sich bitte an Martin Kujawa: kujawauuni-potsdampde, Tel. 01719443098,
und zu Prüfungsangelegenheiten an Netanel Olhoeft: netanel.olhoeftuuni-potsdampde
As you have seen from the official UP list, the functioning of the entire University of Potsdam is now severely restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic until at least 19 April 2020. According to the most recent update, courses for the summer semester will not begin until 20 April 2020.
There is a chance that courses and seminars for the summer semester may have to take place online. If this is indeed the case, you will be informed as soon as possible about which platforms will be utilized for this.
Current information on study programs and examinations can be found at the following link, which will be updated regularly: https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/studium/corona
Until then, School of Jewish Theology faculty and staff will be reachable via email or telephone as usual. Office hours have been temporarily cancelled.
For questions regarding module essays or BA/MA theses, please approach your designated supervisor via email. Please address general questions about study programs or advising to Martin Kujawa: kujawauuni-potsdampde, tel. 01719443098,
and specific questions about examinations to Netanel Olhoeft: netanel.olhoeftuuni-potsdampde + + +
to the Potsdam School of Jewish Theology! You will find information on these pages about this unique institution and the opportunities it offers to students, scholars, future rabbis and cantors, and anybody else interested in Judaism as a religion and a way of life. Whether you are Jewish or not, I hope that you get a feel for our passion for researching and teaching Jewish theology in all its diverse forms.
If you are interested in exploring the treasures waiting to be found in the Bible and in the Talmud, in Jewish religious law and liturgical practice, in Jewish thought and its religious and intellectual history, I invite you to contact us and join us at our beautiful campus in Potsdam to study or research at the School of Jewish Theology or our partners, the Abraham Geiger College and the Zacharias Frankel College.
On the following pages you can also discover the historical importance of the Potsdam School in the context of the establishment of Jewish theology as an academic discipline.
I would very much like to hear from you and I look forward to welcoming you to Potsdam.
Edited by Christian Danz, Kathy Ehrensperger and Walter Homolka
Seventy years of Jewish-Christian dialogue has found surprisingly little resonance in Christian Systematic Theology. This insight was the basis of a conference in Vienna where exegetes and systematicians of Roman-Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish Theology intensively engaged in discussing the question: how can Christian traditions credibly speak of Jesus Christ without denigrating Judaism or appropriating it for their own ends? Arising from findings of contemporary exegesis, the volume presents a variety of diverse approaches to Christology that take Jesus the Jew seriously, and are willing to recognize Judaism in a manner characterized by mutual acceptance and esteem.
Further information can be found here.