March 19th, 2006

Meeting at Leo Baeck House

Top-ranking representatives of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and the World Union for Progressive Judaism met at Leo Baeck House in Berlin on 19 March 2006 for their first profound exchange of views. The encounter, which took place in a very friendly and open atmosphere, was attended by Rabbi Uri Regev, Executive Director of the WUPJ, Central Council Vice-President Charlotte Knobloch, the Union's new Chairman Steven M. Bauman, and Central Council Vice-President Dr Salomon Korn (left to right). "I came to Germany hoping to meet with understanding for the problems and concerns of Progressive Judaism. This hope has been more than fulfilled – I shall be leaving Germany with new friends", commented Bauman after the meeting. The exchange concluded with agreement that diversity in unity was now more important than ever before for Jewish life in Germany and that in future, under the umbrella of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, one voice would speak for all. Joint political talks with representatives of Germany's grand coalition government focused above all on the development of Reform communities within the Central Council and the financial future of Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam, where, for the first time on German soil since the war, rabbis are again being trained.