New Jewish community linked to pre-war congregation dedicated in Berlin
ByJTA
29 January 2014 15:05
Descendants of pre-war Adass Jisroel rabbis symbolically transfer spiritual legacy of their forefathers to the new congregation, Kahal Adass Jisroel.
Berlin

Wandering Jew: Berlin’s Yiddish walls 370 . (photo credit:Reuters)

BERLIN – A new Jewish community was dedicated in the former East Berlin, in the footsteps of one destroyed by the Nazis.

In an odd twist, the community has the same name as another Berlin congregation that is mired in legal limbo and debt after failing to prove it has any members.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



In Tuesday’s ceremonies at the century-old Beth Zion synagogue, descendants of pre-war Adass Jisroel rabbis symbolically transferred the spiritual legacy of their forefathers to the new congregation, Kahal Adass Jisroel.

The new group’s 250 members include many young families and students at the Skoblo Synagogue and Education Center and its Orthodox Rabbinerseminar zu Berlin, groups that are under the umbrella of the Lauder Yeshurun. The synagogue is located within the Lauder complex, and the congregation itself is independent of other organizations.

It is not part of the official Berlin Jewish community but hopes to cooperate with it, according to Josh Spinner, a member of the new congregation, and executive vice president and CEO of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation. The Central Council of Jews in Germany has given its unequivocal approval.

There is unlikely to be any cooperation with the largely defunct Israelitische Synagogen Gemeinde Adass Jisroel. Its president, Mario Offenberg, told JTA he knows “next to nothing” about the new group and takes “a neutral position.”

Establishing continuity with a pre-war congregation can lead to property restitution, but Spinner said the new congregation is only interested in spiritual continuity.

It is unclear whether there are any properties involved, aside from the synagogue building and cemetery.

Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Nazis
  • germany
  • berlin
  • jewish
  • Prev Article
    Will you still love me, tomorrow?
    auschwitz sign
    Rabbi Sergio Bergman
    From synagogue to parliament: South America's first rabbi-MP in the spotlight
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Joan Rivers
    28 August 2014
    Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following throat surgery

    By JPOST.COM STAFF

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 6 - 20
      Beer Sheva
      9 - 20
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 6 - 14
      Jerusalem
      7 - 17
      Haifa
    • 12 - 23
      Elat
      10 - 19
      Tiberias