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Keynote Lecture 22. June 2019


... in a seminary on Modern Judaism

Textual Studies

...by means of numerous compositions, which we will read and study together...

  • Institut für Jüdische Theologie / School of Jewish Theology


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.

Verleihung des Bundesverdienstkreuzes an Rabbiner Prof. Walter Homolka

Vom brandenburgischen Ministerpräsidenten Dietmar Woidke erhielt Rabbiner Prof. Dr. Walter Homolka am 27.2. das Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse.

International Conference "Re-Framing American-Jewish History and Thought."

July 20-22, 2016. Some 30 scholars from Europa, Israel, and the U.S. will gather in Potsdam to look at American Jewry from new, transnational perspectives.

Neu-Edition der Philippsohn Tora

Gemeinsam mit dem AGK wird der Herder-Verlag eine zweisprachige Neu-Edition dieser Tora herauszugeben. Sie ist eine jüdische Bibelübersetzung für den Haus-, Schul- und Synagogengebrauch.


In cooperation with the  Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Vienna and the Abraham Geiger College, the School of Jewish Theology organizes a symposium on the topic

Jesus, the Jew from Galilee, and the Christian Redeemer: Christology between Judaism and Christianity

Further information can be found here.

29. - 31. Januar 2019 in Vienna

Louis Lewandowski Festival 2018

Festival Opening and Concert

Czernowitzer Orchestra, Synagogal Ensemble Berlin and three choirs from Israel under the direction of Regina Yantian and Mark Wolloch.

Further information can be found here.

20. December 2018, 6:00 PM

St. Nikolaikirche, Potsdam 

Paideia Academic Conference

1989 - 2019 : Jews in Post-Communist Europe

This conference, marking 30 years from the fall of the Berlin Wall, focuses on the Jews of post-communist Europe as communities, individuals, activists, migrants, agents of change and cultural awakening, and targets of transition, anti-Semitism and renewed memory.

The conference is hosted by Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden and supported by School of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam as a partner institution.

Further information can be found here. 

31.1 – 1.2. 2019 in Stockholm

Polish-German Workshop for Young Scholars

The School of Jewish Theology, the Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies and the Jagiellonian University (Kraków) are hosting the 3rd Polish-German Workshop for Young Scholars in Jewish History, Religion and Culture.

The workshop will take place from October 24th to October 28th in Potsdam and is open for both M.A. and PhD students.

Further information can be found here. 

EJCR in Rome at the 10th Enoch Nangeroni Meeting on Gender and 2. Temple Judaism

The Encyclopedia of Jewish-Christian Relations (EJCR) co-sponsored this year's Enoch Nangeroni Meeting on Gender and Second Temple Judaism in Rome. More information can be found here.