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  • 31.10.2009

    Vocational school renamed in honour of Paul Spiegel

    Warendorf – The vocational school Berufskolleg Warendorf has been renamed Paul-Spiegel-Berufskolleg in honour of Paul Spiegel, former President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and honorary citizen of the town of Warendorf, who died in April 2006. His name stood for openness and tolerance, it was said at a ceremony marking the renaming and the 75th birthday of the school ...

  • 16.10.2009

    Daniel Libeskind to design synagogue for Beth Shalom in Munich

    Munich – The world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind will design a synagogue for Munich 's liberal Jewish community Beth Shalom. On 15 October, he visited the prospective building site. His design, Libeskind said, would make it clear that being Jewish means not only responsibility but also fun. It would represent a "celebration of life", he said ...

  • 14.10.2009

    No school on non-Christian holidays

    Berlin – The Central Council of Jews in Germany has expressed its support for the proposal by the President of the Turkish Community in Germany , Kenan Kolat, to give children a day off on a Muslim holiday. "That would be a very nice signal," told the Central Council's Secretary General, Stephan J. Kramer, the newspaper Die Welt ...

  • 23.09.2009

    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 ...

  • 20.09.2009

    The size of Germany 's Jewish community has quadrupled

    Berlin – The Jewish communities in Germany have quadrupled their membership in the last 20 years. Today they have around 120,000 registered members, which is four times more than in 1989, according to a press release issued by the Central Council of Jews in Germany on 22 September. This increase is mainly due to the immigration from the former Soviet Union ...

  • 27.08.2009

    President of the Central Council: Israel has the right to defend itself

    Frankfurt – The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany , Charlotte Knobloch, has re-affirmed Israel 's right to self-defence. "According to the UN Charter, every state has the right to defend itself, and Israel has this right, too," she said. In an interview with the Frankfurter Neue Presse newspaper, she stressed Israel 's right to a pre-emptive strike against Iran ...

  • 20.08.2009

    Charlotte Knobloch wants next government to combat far-right extremism

    Munich/Stuttgart – The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany , Charlotte Knobloch, has called on the next government to resolutely combat far-right extremism, maintain positive relations with the State of Israel, and actively promote peace in the Middle East . "The Central Council is non-partisan, but of course we have our principles," she told the Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspaper ...

  • 17.08.2009

    Central Council criticises Prince of Liechtenstein 's comments

    Berlin/Vaduz – The Central Council of Jews in Germany has harshly criticised the Prince of Lichtenstein's comments on the tax evasion debate. In an interview with the Liechtensteiner Volksblatt newspaper, Prince Hans Adam II claimed that Switzerland and Liechtenstein had saved "many people, especially Jews" with banking secrecy ...

  • 05.08.2009

    Central Council supports a new scholarly edition of Mein Kampf

    Berlin – The Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Stephan J. Kramer, has given his support to a proposal to publish a scholarly edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. In an interview with 3Sat’s TV programme Kulturzeit he said: “Although some people oppose the proposal justifying their reservations with respect and responsibility towards the survivors, I think that it makes sense and is important to publish an edition of Hitler’s Mein Kampf with a scientific commentary ...

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