New Jewish learning center in Berlin

A new center for Jewish studies was dedicated in Berlin, and a new center for training Conservative rabbis and cantors is expected to open in Germany in 2013.

The Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg, a joint project of several Berlin educational institutions, was dedicated May 30 in Berlin. Its startup funding of $8.5 million over five years comes from the German government and will support fellowships and professorships for visiting scholars.

Meanwhile, the training center for Conservative rabbis and cantors will open under the auspices of the Geiger College, which opened a Reform seminary in 1999. The Zacharias Frankel European campus of the Los Angeles–based Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies will be the first Conservative seminary on the European continent.

Its launch underscores the growth in privately funded training programs for Jewish teachers and rabbis in Germany, particularly since the influx of nearly 200,000 Jews from the former Soviet Union since 1990. — jta