An Unlikely Revival: Jews in Today's Germany


Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm


  • Dr. Michael Brenner


Congregation Olam Tikvah

Program Series: 

  • Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

For the last two decades, Germany has been the country with the fastest growing Jewish community in the world. First, about 150,000 Russian Jews came to the place where half a century earlier the systematic murder of all Jews was initiated. Then, Israelis flocked to Berlin as the new cool place for a young Tel Aviv crowd. This lecture tells the story of the rebuilding of Jewish life in Germany after the Holocaust and until today.

Michael Brenner is the Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and directs AU’s Center for Israel Studies. He received his PhD at Columbia University and taught previously at Indiana and Brandeis Universities. Since 1997 he has been Professor of Jewish History and Culture at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich. He had visiting appointments at numerous universities, including Haifa, Paris, Budapest, Stanford, Berkeley, and Johns Hopkins. Professor Brenner is an elected fellow of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the American Academy for Jewish Research and the Accademia Nazionale Virgiliana in Mantua. He is the International President of the Leo Baeck Institute and serves on many academic boards, including the Association for Israel Studies, the Israel Institute, the DAAD Center of the University of Haifa and is board chair of the Franz Rosenzweig Research Center of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His books have been translated into ten languages and include A Short History of the Jews; Prophets of the Past: Interpreters of Jewish History; Zionism: A Brief History; The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany, and After the Holocaust: Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Postwar Germany. He is co-author of the four-volume German-Jewish History in Modern Times and editor of seventeen books, among them a study of religion and state in Israel.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Bernicez"l and Gary Lebbin in honor of their family.

This event is co-sponsored by and held at:

Olam Tikvah Congregation
3800 Glenbrook Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

There is no cost for this event, but we request that you register.