August 11th, 2005
College of Jewish Studies
The College of Jewish Studies in Heidelberg, http://www.hjs.uni-heidelberg.de,
was founded in 1979 to revitalize research and study in the field of
Jewish culture, history and religion in Germany, following in the
tradition of the Academy for the Science of Judaism in Berlin. It is
also a centre of training for scholars, teachers of Jewish religion and
rabbis. It is run by the Council of Jews in Germany and enjoys public
status as an education provider.
College of Jewish Studies, which is open to applicants of any
denomination and celebrated its 25th anniversary in November 2004,
works in close partnership with the University of Heidelberg. It also
maintains academic relations with various universities abroad,
especially in Israel and the United States. It regularly organizes
international conferences and publishes an academic journal (Trumah).
extensive library held by the College of Jewish Studies has an
important role to play in research into Judaism. It contains about
50,000 volumes, the principal themes being the Bible and biblical
archaeology, Jewish theology and philosophy, anti-Semitism, prayers,
customs, rabbinic literature, Jewish art, Hebrew and Yiddish philology
and literature, the history of the Jewish people, contemporary Judaism
and sociology. It is thereby able to do justice to its reputation as an
outstanding German collection in the field of Jewish studies.