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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies

Leo Baeck Summer University




LBSU is an annual, six-week summer program in Jewish studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Any advanced undergraduate, master's or doctoral student may apply. LBSU focuses on Jewish life in Germany from the 19th to 21st century and its relationship to other Jewish communities worldwide.LBSU recognizes that to understand the post-war period one must be familiar with the long history of Jewish life in Germany, thus the program begins with pre-war German-Jewish history and covers the Holocaust and post-Holocaust periods.

LBSU not only provides students with a broader knowledge of the rich history of Jewish life in Germany, but also demonstrates the international implications of the complex connections between cultures. It also draws attention to the new domestic and global status of Germany’s Jewish community, which has grown dramatically since 1989-1990 because of massive immigration from the former Soviet Union.

A central focus of LBSU is the issue of Jewish identity, which incorporates significant cultural as well as religious aspects. In its many manifestations, Jewish identity and the struggle to define it become paradigmatic, particularly in the context of migration and globalization. Consequently, LBSU challenges students to think critically about some of the most pressing and controversial issues we are facing today.

Throughout the program, students will be introduced to current issues in Jewish life in Germany today.

Students in the advanced program are enrolled in a daily, three-hour morning academic seminar for the first five weeks, and carry out intensive project work during the final week. Throughout the six-week program, they attend professionally led excursions, workshops and lectures in the afternoon. Required assignments include readings, writing, short paper or exam; each module is graded, as is the final project. The modules are taught in seminar style and foster discussion and interaction.

Upon successful completion of the program students are granted 12 ECT credits.