The Benno Jacob and Bertha Pappenheim Scholarship Program of Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES) is being extended and expanded. The Studienwerk for the promotion of Jewish talent announced Monday during a ceremony in the Weltsaal of the Federal Foreign Ministry in Berlin. The event was attended by around 130 guests, including many fellows and graduates from the program.
singers The goal of the scholarship program launched in October 2010 is to enable students of international rabbis and cantors of all Jewish denominations to receive scientific and academic education in Germany. “The extension of the scholarship program will continue to allow people to be trained as rabbis and cantors in Germany,” said the chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster on Monday in Berlin.
The scholarship program promotes international exchange and is characterized by its interdisciplinary character, Schuster continued. “Rabbis and cantors strengthen the identity of the members of the community,” said the president of the Central Council.
DIVERSITY State Minister for International Cultural Policy at the Federal Foreign Ministry, Michelle Müntefering (SPD), praised the work of ELES. “With its scholarship program, the Studienwerk is making an important contribution to strengthening Jewish communities in Germany and Europe,” said Müntefering. At a time when anti-Semitism in society is becoming stronger again, the commitment to Jewish life needs to be emphasized again and again. “The promotion of the Jewish clergy is an expression of the deep conviction that our society benefits from diversity,” said the minister of state.
“Rabbis and cantors strengthen the identity of the members of the community,” said the president of the central council, Josef Schuster.
In his speech, the director of ELES, Rabbi Walter Homolka, stressed the importance of the scholarship program in Germany. “Today we celebrate the strengthening of the Jewish community in Germany,” said the rabbi. Homolka also stressed the potential of training rabbis and cantors for international peace work. Rabbis and cantors are also of exceptional importance for interreligious dialogue.
The scholarship program, made possible by the support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded with funds from the Federal Foreign Ministry, has already benefited 30 students. Ten of them have now completed their training and are working as rabbis and cantors in the United States, Poland, Sweden and Germany.
SCHOLARSHIP The scholarship is linked to training at Abraham Geiger College, Zacharias Frankel College or the Berlin Rabbinical Seminary. The educational offer includes masters for the formation of the rabbinate and the cantor at the School of Jewish Theology of the University of Potsdam.
The program is named after the founder of the League of Jewish Women, Bertha Pappenheim (1859-1936) and the rabbinic biblical exegete Benno Jacob (1862-1945). In addition to financial support, fellows also benefit from non-material support from ELES. This includes seminars and workshops with Jewish experts and foreign scientists.
With the expansion of the scholarship program that has now been decided, the guest lecturer program, with which international leaders and multipliers are invited to Germany, can be expanded. For example, partnerships with the Russian State University for Humanities (RGGU), the University of Sao Paulo (UNISAL) and the Bronfman Center of New York University (NYU).