Jewish students in Berlin this week established what is being described as the
first Jewish student house in the German capital. According to the founders, the
center “will serve as a venue for pro-Israel lectures and activities in response
to anti-Israel tendencies commonly found on Berlin’s campuses,” as well as
providing leisure activities for the city’s more-than 5,000 Jewish
“As Berlin has become a magnet for Jewish students from
throughout the world in recent years, it’s time to have a regular home for
Jewish students in the city,” Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, a local cleric, told
attendees at the center’s opening, which was attended by several senior
government officials, including Petra Pau, vice president of the
The three-story structure on Schlegelstrasse Street is the
spiritual heir of the “House of Jewish Learning,” established by philosopher
Franz Rosenzweig in Frankfurt prior to the Holocaust, German-Jewish philosophy
professor Micha Brumlik said.
“Our job is to build a bridge between the
past and the future through this Jewish student house, showing everyone that
there is a future for Jews in Germany,” he said.
Chabad on Campus, a
student group run by the Chabad hassidic sect, and KSpace, a student-run
organization, will co-manage the center.