September 9th, 2008

Jewish primary school opened in Stuttgart

Stuttgart – The first general education Jewish school in Baden-Württemberg was inaugurated on 8 September 2008. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, emphasised the importance of not just imparting knowledge but also acquainting children with the joy of Jewish life and culture. Knobloch said that the school would help to strengthen Jewish life in Stuttgart. "Each child is a bridge between Jews and non-Jews," she said. Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister, Günther Oettinger (CDU), welcomed the opening of the school as an important symbol. "It is a token of confidence in the Jewish life in Baden-Württemberg," said Oettinger. The rabbi of the Jewish Community of Württemberg, Netanel Wurmser, said the school was "an indication of the revival of the Community." The all-day school has places for 60 children. It will promote Jewish identity and transmit Jewish traditions and values. At first, there will be two classes with 25 children in total. The Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Stephan J. Kramer, told the public broadcasting company Südwestrundfunk (SWR) that the school is open to all pupils without distinction. There are five Jewish schools in Germany four of which are situated in Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich. (09.09.2008)