September 15th, 2006

Ordination

Rabbinerordination in Dresden
Rabbinerordination in Dresden

On September 13 and 14, 2006, the Abraham Geiger College ordained the first three candidates as rabbis since the “Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums” in Berlin was forcefully closed in 1942. Graduation and ordination will took place in Dresden, Saxony. The three new rabbis - Daniel Alter, Tomáš Kučera and Malcolm Matitiani will serve in jewish communities of in Munich, Oldenburg and Cape town.

Abraham Geiger College is the first liberal rabbinical seminary founded in Continental Europe since the Shoah. It is a private, non-profit institution, sponsored from the Central Council of Jews in Germany, the Federal Republic f Germany and the Leo Baeck Foundation.

Abraham Geiger College was founded n 1999. Its first class matriculated in October, 2001. The College is formally linked to the University of Potsdam. After a five years academic programme and conferral of a Master's degree in Jewish Studies candidates can be recommended for ordination. The three Rabbis will become members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.