Jewish studies center opens in Berlin

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Posted: May 30, 2012 3:34 PM
Jewish studies center opens in Berlin

A new Jewish studies center is opening in the German capital to facilitate research into Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Islamic relations, Holocaust remembrance, and other aspects of Jewish history and life.

The German Education Ministry is funding the new Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg with (EURO)6.9 million ($8.6 million) in support for teachers and research over five years.

Berlin's Free University said the center opened Wednesday as part of a joint project with the city's Humboldt University, the Berlin Technical University and the University of Potsdam. The Abraham-Geiger Kolleg rabbinical seminary and the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies are also involved. Both are affiliated with the University of Potsdam.

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In addition to promoting research, the center will also be used for the academic training of rabbis and cantors.