September 23rd, 2009

Opening of the new campus of the Heidelberg College of Jewish Studies

Heidelberg – Thirty years after the establishment of the Heidelberg College of Jewish Studies (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg), its new campus will be opened on 30 September 2009. The opening of the new campus of the College which has hitherto been spread over four different locations is a further ground-breaking step towards promoting Jewish life in Germany . The new ensemble of buildings provides space for 250 students and connects past, present, and future in its architecture. It presents the College of Jewish Studies looking back on a successful academic history as a place of cultural heritage as well as an institution of the 21st century that is open to the world. The enlargement of the Heidelberg College for Jewish Studies represents a further successful step towards transforming this institution into a European centre of excellence with a unique range of courses of study.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany that financially supports the College founded in 1979 sees the event as a "historic step". "The new campus connects, also architecturally, the tradition of Jewish learning and teaching with the future," said the Central Council's President, Dr. h. c. Charlotte Knobloch, at the ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone that took place in April 2008.

The new complex of buildings was designed by Heidelberg architects Maier und Partner. It houses all of the College's facilities including lecture halls, rector's and administration offices, a library, a kosher cafeteria, and the Central Archive for Research on the History of Jews in Germany . The new campus, whose construction costs of €4,5 million were borne in equal parts by the Federal Government, the state of Baden-Württemberg, and the Central Council of Jews in Germany , will enable the College to fulfil its task of developing, reviving, and strengthening a renewed German-Jewish culture. (23.09.2009)