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Scientific Conference 2021 Continuity and Topicality of Anti-Semitism. An Austrian and global challenge May 27-28, 2021

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The conference is open to the public and takes place in the Sky Lounge of the University of Vienna (Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 | 12th floor). Due to the COVID-19 regulations, we ask you to register at [email protected] Please let us know whether you would like to attend the conference on one or both days. We ask for your understanding that we can only admit a limited number of participants. We will contact you to confirm your participation. Participation in the conference is also possible online. The corresponding links can be found in the program. By participating in this event, you agree that photos or recordings in which you can be seen may be published by the organizers of the event.

The series of events takes place in cooperation with the Catholic Theological Faculty, the Evangelical Theological Faculty of the University of Vienna and the Research Center Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society.

With the kind support of the City of Vienna Culture, the Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein, the Austrian National Bank, the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria and the Peter Ustinov Foundationmore ...
Who would have thought it possible a few years ago? Unfortunately, however, we have to state that anti-Semitic actions and statements can be seen again in many areas of society, and in some cases have become normal. The school makes no exceptions to this - on the contrary, anti-Semitic idioms and insults are quite the order of the day in school playgrounds and during breaks. We want to approach the topic in various events and formats: What does “anti-Semitism” mean today? What forms of the present can be found in our society? Where are the roots and how do current forms of Christian-motivated anti-Semitism show? How can we deal with it personally and address it in the classroom?
  • Dr. Meron MENDEL, Director of the Anne Frank Educational Center / Center for Civic Education and Advice, Hesse
  • Prof. Dr. Roman SIEBENROCK, Systematic Theology, Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck, spokesman for the local committee for Jewish-Christian cooperation in Tyrol
  • Mag.a Saba-Nur CHEEMA, studied political scientist and economist, educational director of the Anne Frank educational institution / Center for Civic Education and Advice, Hesse (D)
  • Ass.-Prof. Noam ZADOFF BA MA PhD, University Assistant PostDoc at the Institute for Contemporary History, University of Innsbruck (requested)
  • Dr. Karl BERGER, folklorist, head of the folklore museum of the Tyrolean state museums
  • Mag.a Katharina WALTER, Head of Visitor Communication at the Tyrolean State Museums
Dates: various, start in April 2021
Together with the Tirol Local Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation
Anti-Semitism in the migration society - April 29, 2021
+ NOTE: the event takes place ONLINE, access link here +     


The Cardinal Bea Center for Judaic Studies is pleased to announce scholarships for students who will register to the new Licentiate in Judaic Studies and Jewish-Christian Relations for the Academic Year 2021-2022. Each scholarship amounts to 10,000.00 Euros (which includes the tuition fee) and is offered for one Academic Year (two semesters), renewable for a second Academic Year

Taking its name and inspiration from the far-seeing vision of the Jesuit Augustin Bea, the principal promoter of Vatican II's Declaration Nostra Aetate, the Cardinal Bea Center is dedicated to encourage the understanding of Judaism and the exploration of Jewish-Christian relations, in particular the development of a Christian Theology that takes into account its Jewish roots. Further information about the Center can be found at: https://www.unigre.it/en/judaic-studies/

The Licentiate at the Cardinal Bea Center includes courses in the areas of Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations, as well as interdisciplinary courses in Jewish-Christian History and Culture using the resources of the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Oriental Institute . Scholarship holders will receive library privileges and other services granted by the three institutions.


Applicants, Italian or from abroad, have to be maximum thirty years old; admission requires a Bachelor's Degree and at least a passive knowledge of the Italian language (Italian language courses will be held at the Gregorian University before the beginning of the Academic Year).


Applicants are requested to send to [email protected] the following documents:

a) A Personal Statement (approx. 300 words), explaining motivation and expectations with regard to the scholarship;

b) A curriculum vitae, giving details of education and language skills and any information the applicant considers relevant;

c) A copy of an identity document;

d) Academic Transcripts obtained during previous studies;

e) A letter of reference from an Ecclesiastical or Academic Authority.

Deadline for the submission of applications is April 26, 2021. A decision will be announced by May 7, 2021. Exceptionally, late applications may also be taken into consideration.

1 The tuition fee for one Academic Year (two semesters), at the Cardinal Bea Center, is Euro 2,710.00. The Cardinal Bea Center may assist scholarship holders with finding housing arrangements in Rome.

Piazza della Pilotta, 4 - 00187 Rome Tel .: +39 06 6701.5522 - E-mail: [email protected] Web: https://www.unigre.it/en/judaic-studies/
Dear Sir or Madam, dear colleagues, students and interested parties!

On behalf of the Sir Peter Ustinov Institute, I would like to invite you once again to two events:

1. To the following online panel discussion on Wed, April 28, 2021, 4 pm-6pm: “Experiences and challenges in the Austrian culture of remembrance”.
Discuss it: em. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Jäggle, Dr. Hanno Loewy, em. Prof. Aleida Assmann (requested), Dr. Victoria Kumar, Mag. Awi Blumenfeld, Dr. Christoph Konrath and Dr. Otto Friedrich
Moderation: Associate Professor Regina Polak

To participate, please click on the following link: https://youtu.be/v5MLl6YkdSs
You are cordially invited to join the discussion, either via live chat or send us your question by email to [email protected]

Background: Almost forgotten and little known is the murder of over 200 Jews 600 years ago in what is now the 3rd district of Vienna. The Viennese Gesera, the mass murder on March 12, 1421, is today overlaid by the atrocities of the National Socialists. But anti-Semitism and its stubborn continuity into the Middle Ages still exist today. A lively culture of commemoration and remembrance is a prerequisite for a never again! For a long time in Austria this was shaped by the suppression, denial and upholding of an Austrian victim myth that the first victim of the National Socialists was to have been. Emotional debates about street names and monuments still refer to a problematic way of dealing with our past. With the increasing disappearance of contemporary witnesses, the culture of commemoration and remembrance is facing new challenges and demands new concepts.

2) For the scientific conference on Thursday, May 27th and Friday, May 28th, 2021 in the Sky Lounge of the University of Vienna on the topic of “Continuity and topicality of anti-Semitism. An Austrian and global challenge ”.
Should the corona infection process allow it, we would be happy to welcome you personally to the conference. Pre-registrations are already possible at [email protected]

The event is part of our series of events entitled “Continuity and Topicality of Anti-Semitism. An Austrian and global challenge ”.
The complete program can be found in the appendix.

In my role as scientific director of this series, I warmly greet you and look forward to your participation,
Regina Polak
March 04, 2021 | 16:00 - 18:00 | On the continuity of anti-Semitism. From the Viennese Gesera 1421 to the present day | online panel discussion including live stream in cooperation with the weekly newspaper Die FURCHE (participation at | https://youtu.be/VHq0T-Kiq10)

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Tuesday, March 16, 7 p.m. online lecture (due to Covid-19 framework conditions)

New anti-Semitism and old racism?

Current challenges in educational work against anti-Semitism on the background of experiences in Christian-Jewish dialogue in Austria

The date of the “Wiener Gesera” 600 years ago - see photo on the right! - is an occasion to address the issue of anti-Semitism in principle. History teaches how allegedly religiously motivated reasons are put forward in order to ostracize a certain group of people economically and physically. This historical example should be applied to the present in order to become sensitive to similar processes in today's society: Even today there are political structures and processes that can facilitate the discrediting of certain groups of people.

With his extensive experience and practice, the speaker will refer to the current situation of the Christian-Jewish dialogue in Austria.

By questioning the usual church liturgical practice, it should also be shown how practiced practice without reflection can run the risk of prolonging negative clichés. In return, using the example of Easter, it should be shown how an anti-Semitism-free design can be possible. This should help the participants to recognize for themselves where they are confronted with the topic in their faith and life practice.

Speaker: Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Martin Jäggle, President of the Coordination Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation

The event will take place on the Zoom video platform.
Meeting ID: 826 6063 0970
Identification code: 220058
The meeting room is open from 6:30 p.m.

If you have any technical questions, you can contact Barbara Buchinger in advance by phone: 0676 88070 1556


For him, he is president of the coordinating committee for Christian-Jewish cooperation.


He is President of the Coordinating Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation
For him, dialogue means helping the truth to break through.
Discover what we have in common - recognize what is different.
This is what the religious educator and long-standing university professor at several theological faculties, Martin Jäggle, endeavored to achieve throughout his life.

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In this sense; See you tomorrow.
The “Maimonides Lectures” deal with the interactions between religions and the humanities. In the spirit of the philosopher, doctor and scholar Mosche ben Maimon (Córdoba, 1135 - Cairo, 1204), the “Maimonides Lectures” encounter Jewish, Islamic and Christian traditions.

The series is a joint venture of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the following Abrahamic religious communities: Old Catholic Church, Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Evangelical Church AB and HB, Methodist Church, Greek Orthodox Church, Austrian Islamic Faith Community, Israelite Religious Community, Coptic Orthodox Church, Roman -Catholic Church, Romanian Orthodox Church, Serbian Orthodox Church, Syrian Orthodox Church as well as the Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences in Krems, the Church-Pedagogical University Vienna-Krems and the Coordinating Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation ". In addition to these institutions support also the foundation "Propter homines" and the Benedictine monastery Admont the series.

Scientific concept:
w.M. Hans-Dieter Klein and w.M. Patrizia Giampieri-German

12th symposium:
February 10-11, 2021
Hope in the frame of reference of the Abrahamic religions
Michael Bünker, Former Bishop of the Evangelical Church A.B.
“Hope will not be put to shame” (Romans 5: 5). Basic features of Christian eschatology today "


Vienna January 12, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Learning Day takes place online. Live stream here ...
Meeting ID: 896 0149 0692
Passcode: Bund

Linz January 14, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Vienna January 14, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Remembrance Day has been postponed to March 18, 2021.

St. Pölten January 14th, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Evening on Judaism Day, St. Hippolytus
ONLINE lecture: The Likrat youth dialogue project

Vienna January 15, 2021, 4 p.m.
Lecture - 600 years of expulsion of the Jews from Vienna (Gesera 1421) ONLINE - Paper, parchment and stones, material witnesses of the Jewish Middle Ages in Austria. Lecture by Martha Keil. Theological courses.

Vienna January 17, 2021, 6 p.m.
Day of celebration, Anglican Church, ÖRKÖ Ecumenical Divine Service on Judaism Day. Livestream here ...
Meeting ID: 808 226 2476

The Lord says, “See, here is my servant to whom I stand. I have chosen him and I am happy about him. I have given him my spirit, and he will proclaim my justice to the peoples. ”Isaiah 42: 1
Sermon SI Thomas Hennefeld
With Rev'd Canon Patrick Curran, Darius Schutzki, Bishop Andrej, Bishop Tiran.
Due to the pandemic, the number is limited and only actors who are based in the 3rd district were invited because of the focus on the Viennese Gesera (March 12, 1421/2021), the "conclusion" of which was the cremation of 200 Jews on the Gänseweide, now the 3rd district. District, parish of BV Schutzki.

Graz January 17th, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
from the Evangelical Heilandskirche in Graz only online ...
Sermon: Dr. Michael Bünker

Innsbruck January 18, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
ONLINE Judaism Day Meaning of the Torah for Jews and Christian believers panel discussion.
Magdalena Modler-El Abdaoui, moderation
Olivier Dantine, Superintendent of the Evangelical Church A.B. for Tyrol and Vorarlberg
Anna Kraml (religion teacher / Innsbruck; doctoral candidate in Old Testament biblical studies with Georg Fischer)
Jaron Engelmayer, Chief Rabbi (Vienna)
How is that possible - more than seven decades after the Shoah?
How can the poison of anti-Semitism once again corrode human civilization after humanity was shaken by the murder of six million Jews?
Why is this dragon seed not exterminated to this day?

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Declaration by the President of the Coordination Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation, Prof. Martin Jäggle, on the anniversary of the Nazi pogroms against the Jewish population on November 9th - "Remembrance has not been canceled"

In a statement published on Sunday on the anniversary of the Nazi pogroms against the Jewish population on November 9, 1938, the chairman of the coordination committee for Christian-Jewish cooperation, Prof. Martin Jäggle, referred to the special conditions of this commemoration “between terror and pandemic” . To commemorate the November pogroms also means to respect the value and dignity of every human being. This commemoration also means doing everything so that Jewish people in Austria can live in safety, with dignity and in esteem.

Prof. Jäggle's declaration is as follows:

The commemoration of the November pogroms of the Nazi regime of November 9, 1938 takes place this year in the shadow of the assassination in the vicinity of the Vienna City Temple and under the conditions of the pandemic.
The attack shocked us, the victims affected us and the suffering of the relatives calls for our sympathy.All the more encouraging are the many signs of solidarity, especially of the representatives of the churches and religious communities, but also the words that Federal President Van der Bellen and Federal Chancellor Kurz uttered. The Austrian Conference of Religious Orders is to be agreed: “Let us stand for an open Vienna, for a city that is not afraid, but sticks together. In prayer or in remembrance we connect more than hatred can separate us! "
The conditions of the pandemic led to the cancellation of almost all events to commemorate the November pogroms. Likewise, the ecumenical service cannot take place in St. Ruprecht's Church, which is located directly at the scene of the attack. But that means that the commemoration is not and must not be canceled.

On the night of November 9th to 10th, 1938, the synagogues in the whole of what was then the German Reich under Nazi rule were destroyed, and the Jewish houses of prayer burned in Austria as well. In Vienna alone, a total of 42 synagogues and prayer houses were destroyed in the wake of the furor. Jewish shops and apartments were devastated, and 6,547 Jewish Viennese were arrested. The November pogroms of 1938 were the prelude to the Shoah, in which six million Jews were murdered. What was organized by the state had its backing in deep-rooted social anti-Semitism and hatred of Jews.

The destruction of the synagogues, the Jewish places of prayer, worship, gathering, and learning, should also destroy the Jewish communities. Too often damage to Jewish institutions is trivialized under property damage, but it is aggression on Jewish life, which should be humiliated, degraded and kept as small as possible, disturbed and destroyed. The same applies to damage to churches and mosques, and especially to attacks in them.

In 2020, in the shadow of the attack in Vienna and under the conditions of the pandemic, the commemoration of the November pogroms is a particular responsibility of the individual. The ecumenical initiative "Mechaye Hametim - He who raised the dead" invites you to a silent personal commemoration:
- Post words of remembrance on the blog “Commemoration of the November Pogroms 1938”.
- To hear (or read) the readings from the Bible: Ex 20: 1-17
- To hear the thoughts of Prof. Regina Polak on this
- To visit places where there used to be Jewish life (synagogues, stones of remembrance, etc.) in the course of the day in silence and alone.
- To light a candle at the memorial for the Austrian Jewish victims of the Shoah on Judenplatz.
All information can be found at www.christenundjuden.org. The opportunity to post and the audio files will be available there on November 9, 2020.

Remembrance of the past in the present is always directed towards the future, otherwise the “never again!” Remains hollow pathos. To commemorate the November pogroms also means to respect the value and dignity of every human being. The Talmud says: "Everyone should say to themselves: The world was created for me, so I am jointly responsible."

Austria needs even more efforts to shape an actively open and mutually appreciative coexistence and to reject all polarizations. Steps such as those envisaged by the current government program “Responsibility for Austria”, which for the first time established the fight against anti-Semitism as a cross-cutting political issue, are urgently required. Unfortunately, there is currently no consistent, concrete implementation concept for this.
Jewish life is an indispensable part of Austria. The fact that it flourished again after the Shoah makes us grateful and responsible for doing everything so that Jewish citizens can not only live in safety, but also in dignity and appreciation.
With these words Jews introduce the news of the death of a person. The fact that this was displayed twice when the electronic media were switched on after the end of Shabbat shocked the Jewish world: two of the most important rabbis have left this world.
On Friday, November 6th, Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, s'l, son of Gedol haDor, the great of the generation, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, s'l, and his successor as head of Yeshiva Mesivtha Tifereth, died at the age of 91 Jerusalem in Manhattan. He was a scholar and prolific writer. He was a man of few words, but a possek, decisor, who made important, binding decisions for Jewish life.
The following day the death of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Saks, s'l, at the age of 72 was announced. He was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. His written work includes both internal Jewish topics, from the publication of a siddur, a prayer book for every day, with a new English translation and commentaries on theological and philosophical treatises, among others. to the weekly readings of the Torah, as well as texts on interreligious dialogue. With the latter, he was particularly concerned with respect for the differences between religions that cannot be hidden, so that coexistence can work, as in The Dignity of Difference. On the other hand, he did not shy away from confrontation within Judaism with both the ultra-orthodox and the Reformation wing, if he considered it justified.
In contrast to Rabbi Feinstein, Rabbiner Sacks was a man of the word, which he knew how to use subtly and appropriately as a virtuoso of the English language in many religious and political lectures.
Both rabbis were gifted teachers and, as the Hebrew term for a Torah scholar is, Talmidei chachamin, learned students who never stopped learning.
Without these two great minds, the Jewish world has become a little poorer.

Yehi sichram baruch - bless her memory

Note: s “l stands for sichrono liwracha and means may his memory be a blessing
We remember the victims of the terrorist attack last night with great sadness and sadness. We are deeply attached to their relatives. In solidarity with the Jewish community, which is always particularly threatened in such situations, we now invite you to commemorate the November pogroms of 1938.
Almost all events and services to commemorate the November pogroms prepared as part of the remembrance day series “MECHAYE HAMETIM - THE RAKE OF THE DEAD” have to be canceled this year due to the stricter rules to contain the coronavirus. But this does not mean that the commemoration is canceled.
On the night of November 9-10, 1938, synagogues throughout the German Reich, including Austria, were set on fire and Jewish shops and apartments were devastated. In Vienna alone, a total of 42 synagogues and prayer houses were destroyed in the wake of the furor. 6,547 Viennese Jews were imprisoned, just under 4,000 of them were deported to the Dachau concentration camp. The National Socialists gave this day the euphemistic expression "Reichskristallnacht". With the November pogrom they radicalized the expulsion and expropriation of the Jewish population.
November 9, 2020 gives everyone the opportunity to commemorate these November pogroms - also in gratitude for the Jewish life that has become possible again.

We invite you to a silent personal remembrance
To post words of remembrance on the blog “Commemoration of the November Pogroms 1938”.
To hear (or read) the readings from the Bible: Ex 20: 1-17
The thoughts of Prof. Regina Polak to hear (or read)
To visit places where there used to be Jewish life (synagogues, stones of remembrance, etc.) in the course of the day in silence and alone.
Lighting a candle at the memorial for the Austrian Jewish victims of the Shoah on Judenplatz.
All information can be found at www.christenundjuden.org. The opportunity to post and the audio files will be available there on November 9th, 2020.
The panel discussion Deceptive Security: Sense and Nonsense of Conspiracy Theories with the philosopher Caroline Heinrich, the Judaist Armin Lange and Giulia Silberberger from “Der goldene Aluhut” can take place - as an online event. Wednesday, November 11th, 7 p.m., information: www.evang-akademie.at
MECHAYE HAMETIM - WHO RAISES THE DEAD is a joint initiative of Roman Catholic. Parish St. Ruprecht, Vienna, Albert-Schweitzer-Haus - Forum of Civil Society, Evangelical Academy Vienna, Evangelical University Community Vienna, Forum Time and Faith - Catholic Academic Association Vienna, Die Furche, Catholic Action Austria, coordination committee for Christian-Jewish cooperation, theological courses Vienna.
When something is taken away from us ...
Because if something is taken away from us, with which we are deeply and wonderfully connected, a lot of ourselves is taken away with it. But God wants us to find ourselves again, richer in everything we have lost and increased in every infinite pain.
(Rainer Maria Rilke)

I got to know Lothar Pöll when, as a hospital priest, I was given the task of preparing and organizing an ecumenical thanksgiving service for organ-transplanted people and their relatives in a team of very different participants from church, medicine and self-help groups. The challenge of an appropriate liturgical design was great, in which those affected, but also relatives and mourners should have their say, in which medicine, aftercare, but also the dynamics of the different self-help groups and finally also the hospital pastoral care wanted to contribute.
At that time I asked Lothar Pöll to take part as pastor of the Methodist Church in this ecumenical movement, because I felt my experience was too little, my role as a pastor without an assignment in the transplant wards too unclear. He asked for time to think about it and decided against "professional" participation as a pastor. Without his wife Helga, who donated her kidney to him, he would no longer be alive. Therefore it would be wrong for him to stand in the ranks of the leaders of the church service without her just because of his function as pastor. Both of them did not want to expose themselves with their personal decision-making history, because this should be seen individually and they did not want to urge anyone to be similarly willing or to shame them for not having done it.
Lothar and Helga Pöll took part in all TRANSPLANT church services and over the years in which these church services took place ecumenically, they have always strengthened and motivated me to be there as an evangelical pastor.
I think this encounter is characteristic of Lothar Pöll: He did not make a big issue out of his illness, but was thoughtful, level-headed, calm and saw and did what was necessary. He was a "counterpart" for Helga Pöll, his wife. In the encounter with him, God's philanthropy took on a face. During his time as chairman of the World Council of Churches, the Coordinating Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation received its observer status on this body. A very important integration, because since that time the concerns of the Christian-Jewish dialogue in the great ecumenical movement in Austria have been heard reliably.
Dear Helga, Our condolences go out to you and your family and also to our siblings in the Methodist Church.
Pastor Dr. Margit Leuthold, for the board of the coordination committee for Christian-Jewish cooperation
A sad and shameful date prompts me to meet you
write. On July 26, 1670, exactly 350 years ago, they had to open
Emperor Leopold I ordered all Jews to leave Vienna.
Anti-Jewish riot, especially among the Viennese student body, agitation
by clergymen and by Bishop Leopold Karl von Kollonitsch,
Accidents for which Jews have been unjustly blamed
the anti-Jewish attitude of the wife of Emperor Leopold I,
Margarita Teresa, as well as that of a large part of the Viennese Catholics
and ultimately led to the decision of an imperial commission
the emperor's deportation decrees. In the place of the great synagogue
of the ghetto in Unteren Werd was the Leopold Church in today's 2nd
District, Leopoldstadt. He likes a very small consolation
Be thought that in the dark years of Nazi terror from 1938-1945
the pastor of St. Leopold at the time, Pastor Alexander Poch, constantly
tried to help Jewish people and therefore in the sights of the
Gestapo was.

This 2nd Viennese Gesera called expulsion of the Viennese Jews and
the destruction of the Jewish community in 1670 were a disaster for
the Jewish population and a painful loss for Vienna. The
anti-Jewish delusions of the time, according to which the Jews were enemies of the
Christianity whose scriptures mock the wells
poison, desecrate hosts, steal Christian children, etc., played
a central one in the Viennese events of the late 17th century

We cannot undo the events 350 years ago, but we can
we can use it as an opportunity, our joy and gratitude for it
to express that it was Jewish again after the disaster of the Shoah
Communities and a diverse Jewish life in Vienna. This is
a gift for Vienna and also for the Catholic Church. The
Catholic Church in Austria has dealt with everyone else
Member churches of the World Council of Churches in Austria (ÖRKÖ)
adopted the European “Charter Oecumenica” of 2001, in which
the churches commit to “all forms of anti-Semitism and
Countering anti-Judaism in church and society; on all
Levels of seeking and engaging in dialogue with our Jewish brothers and sisters

I asked the Catholic parishes in Vienna as thanks for them
Presence of Jewish communities in Vienna in the Sunday services on
To pray for them on 7/26/2020:

“The Jews were given until July 26, 1670 to close their homes
vacate and leave Vienna. Today, after 350 years, it is blooming
Town revived Jewish life. We ask you, Almighty, gracious one
Lord: Bless the Jews of this city and their communities, give
for them to exist and grow in peace. "




On June 11th the webinar "Remembering a Momentous Moment: The Meeting of Pope John XXIII and Prof. Jules Isaac" took place. It reports with a lot of technical knowledge about the initial spark for the Vatican 2 document "Nostra Aetate". A video of this webinar can be found at:
The ICCJ cordially invites you to join the upcoming ICCJ webinar: "Digital Interreligious Dialogue?" on June 28, 6 p.m. UTC. This webinar will explore the possibilities and pitfalls of online interreligious dialogue. For further details and for registration please visit our website: http://www.iccj.org/Media.6740.0.html
Dear, very esteemed Mr. Chief Rabbi Eisenberg,

Your 70th birthday, on which we would like to congratulate you, is an occasion for us to simply say thank you:
- For your decades of loyal commitment to the good coexistence of Christians and Jews. If many refer to you as “our Chief Rabbi”, then this expresses how much you and your commitment are valued and how you have successfully contributed to the fact that the Jewish community has become a recognized part of society.
- How much you have opened up the Jewish religion to a broad public as being conducive to life. In this way you counteract the “rumor about the Jews”, anti-Semitism, and encourage members of other religious communities to live their tradition in a way that is conducive to life.
- For your comment, which is anchored in the Jewish tradition: “A rabbi needs pupils in order to be able to learn.” We hope that this understanding will also spread outside of Judaism.
- For your very special relationship with words and music combined with the willingness to perform this publicly. Her pun unmasked ideologies and often reveals surprising insights.
- For your spontaneous willingness to take part in our “Shalom! Music between friends! ”.Initiated by your friend and our long-time managing director Markus Himmelbauer, the then Lutheran regional bishop Michael Bünker, the abbot primate of the Benedictine Notger Wolf, the general secretary of the Bishops' Conference Peter Schipka and the former section head Gerhard Steger played with you several times in a worldwide unique musical friendship meeting the Altenburg Boys' Choir and then the Vienna Jewish Choir.
Everyone has their own instrument, in your case your voice. It requires attuning to one another. Harmony and rhythm from the variety of sounds and voices, the deepening of our encounters in our differences: That is also the aim of the coordination committee for Christian-Jewish cooperation, that is what “Shalom! Music Between Friends! ".
We would like to thank you in particular for your solidarity with the Coordinating Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation and wish you all the best up to 120 - and up to 100 like 20.

For the board of the coordination committee for Christian-Jewish cooperation
Martin Jäggle, Margit Leuthold, Willy Weisz
The "ORF-TVthek" has expanded the "Media Archive Judaism" in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Vienna. The media archive, which has been significantly expanded by 21 to a total of 109 videos, offers a broad spectrum of contributions from ORF broadcasts from the past decades, which paint a multi-layered portrait of the Jewish past and present in Austria, according to an ORF broadcast. A central focus is on commemorating the Holocaust comprehensively in documentaries, articles and interviews with contemporary witnesses.

The media archive shows examples of everyday Jewish life and life in Vienna ...

New managing director of the coordination committee

Yuval Katz-Wilfing has been a member of the Vienna local committee of the coordination committee for years. Among other things, he was a lecturer at the University of Vienna and worked as a speaker and moderator in numerous events.

“Born in Israel, grew up in Israel and Oklahoma, USA. Military service in the Israeli army as a medic in an infantry unit. After completing military service, studied computer science. Years of work as a chip designer and project manager in the Israeli defense industry.
At that time, his center of life was in Kibbutz Kfar Gilaadi in northern Israel on the Lebanese border.

2008 move to Vienna, working in the aerospace and automotive sectors. Studied religious studies in Vienna and Jerusalem with a special focus on interreligious phenomena.
2011 Graduation from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a master's degree on theology and customs of the Messianic Jews.
Currently preparing the dissertation on soul and conversion in Jewish theology and legislation at the Institute for Jewish Studies, University of Vienna.

In 2015 he studied for a semester at the Hebrew Union College and the Conservative Jeshiva in Jerusalem.
Active in the liberal Jewish community of Vienna as a prayer leader, Talmud teacher and board member. Co-organizer and lecturer on Jewish topics in the context of JOEH, EMJD (European Muslim Jewish Dialouge) and Limmud.

"The future of contemporary witnesses"
Hohenems, Thursday 26th - Saturday 28th March 2020

Dear friends, ladies and gentlemen,

the Jewish Museum Hohenems invites you to think about and discuss the "future of contemporary witnesses" together. This not only raises the question of a possible social vacuum, but also of a reflective way of dealing with narrated and media-preserved memories - if the narrators themselves can no longer take part in this process. Researchers from the historical, social and Jewish sciences are asking themselves how the work of remembrance should continue after the death of contemporary witnesses, the survivors of the Holocaust.more

We look forward to your registration by March 6, 2020:
Program and registration form (pdf)

Two events as part of the symposium are individually and publicly accessible:

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7.30 p.m., LöwenSaal Hohenems
Opening evening "everything is still very fresh"
Reading and reflection by Doron Rabinovici (Vienna)
Admission: Euro 8, - / 5, -more

Friday March 27, 2020, 7.30 p.m., LöwenSaal Hohenems
"Redemption Blues"
Film screening and discussion with director Peter Stastny (Vienna / New York)
Admission: Euro 8, - / 5, -more

The symposium takes place as part of the exhibition"End of the contemporary witness?"instead of.


Jewish Museum Hohenems, Villa Heimann-Rosenthal
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Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on public holidays
Library: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6.30 p.m.
BARBARA HONIGMANN: "Kafka and Proust. Be a writer, be a Jew"
Location: Lecture hall 1, main building of the University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1 (left side entrance, courtyard 1)

The Viennese "Poetics Department for Literature and Religion" starts the year with a lecture by a Jewish-German author. Barbara Honigmann (born 1949) belongs to the generation of Jewish writers who were born “after”, after the Shoah - and who nevertheless write in German. Her parents survived in exile and moved to East Berlin after 1945, where Honigmann grew up. Later, Honigmann, who initially worked at the theater, will make three leaps: from the GDR to the West, from Germany to France and: into Orthodox Judaism, which she finds for herself again. “I wanted to become a real Jew,” she reports.

Her literary work is particularly characterized by sensitive tracing of her family history. It begins with the volume of short stories "Roman von einer Kinde" (1986) and extends to the most recent novel "Georg" (2019), a portrait of Honigmann's father. A signature of Barbara Honigmann's works is that they always negotiate existential questions, even key themes of Jewish thought: "Of the big things", Honigmann once remarked, "only about them, about exile and redemption". Honigmann, who now lives in Strasbourg, has received numerous awards, including the Kleist Prize (2000), the Max Frisch Prize (2011) and the “City of Bremen Literature Prize” (2020).

In Vienna, Barbara Honigmann will give a lecture on the broad field of “Jewish literature”. “What is, what would actually be, is there a Jewish literature?” - she wants to discuss this question using two writers whose biographies show some parallels. At the beginning of World War I, says Honigmann, “two bachelors who are no longer very young, childless, one in a world capital, in Paris, the other in Prague, the provincial capital of an empire that will soon go under, ie in hostile camps of the warring factions back to their rooms “... to write. “Kafka and Proust, be a writer, be a Jew” - that's the title of Honigmann's poetics lecture.
The Catholic Theological Faculty invites you to the following event in cooperation with the ORF / Religion Radio Department:

7. TRIALOGUE: “Before us the deluge? Jewish, Christian and Islamic Thoughts on Climate Disaster "
Mon, December 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m. - ORF Radio Café, Argentinierstraße 30A, 1040 Vienna

Europeans are now aware of the extent and explosiveness of the ecological crisis - finally, one might be tempted to say after decades of warning. In the media coverage, news about the effects of climate change is piling up and arouse fears of an apocalyptic future in many people. What can Judaism, Christianity and Islam do to tame these fears? What resources do they hold in their religious traditions and communities in order to promote the urgently needed changes in behavior in their personal lifestyle, but also in politics and economics?

Discuss on these questions:
Rabbi Jehoschua Ahrens (Commissioner for Interreligious Dialogue, State Association of Jewish Congregations in Hesse)
Dr. Ursula-Fatima Kowanda-Yassin (Interdisciplinary Research Center Islam and Muslims in Europe, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna)
Prof. Dr. Michael Rosenberger (Catholic Private University Linz)
Moderation: Assoz.-Prof. Dr. Regina Polak, MAS (University of Vienna)

Admission free, please register in advance at [email protected]
Book presentation. November 30th is the day of remembrance for the Jews who fled and expelled from the Arab countries and Iran. A double book presentation with the French historians Georges Bensoussan and Nathan Weinstock will take place that evening in the Singer bookstore (Rabensteig 3, 1010 Vienna). Moderation: Florian Markl (Mena-Watch) and Joel Naber.
From 7 p.m., registration at [email protected] is required.
The Jew Jesus and the future of Christianity

The Institute for Practical Theology, in cooperation with the Coordinating Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation, the Research Center "Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society" and the Herder bookstore invites you to the following events:

Workshop with Norbert Reck
“The Jew Jesus and the future of Christianity. 10 theses on the state of theology and Judeo-Christian conversation "
Monday, December 2, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Seminar room 8, main building basement, staircase 9, courtyard 5

For Norbert Reck, the crisis of Christianity in Europe cannot be overcome with a few church structural reforms. The causes of the crisis lie deeper: in the theological dealings with the Jew Jesus since the early Enlightenment and in the defensive reaction against the historical thinking of the modern age. Both have not only led to a rift between exegesis and dogmatics, but also to a loss of the everyday relevance of Christianity, which is becoming ever more evident. Norbert Reck explains the connections and calls for new, courageous steps in dealing with the Jewish Jesus and Judaism.

Book presentation by Norbert Reck
"The Jew Jesus and the future of Christianity - or: How the church crisis and hostility towards Jews are connected"
Monday, December 2, 2019, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Herder bookstore, Wollzeile 33, 1010 Vienna

Together with Regina Polak (Institute for Practical Theology) and Stefanie Peintner (Coordinating Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation), the book author investigates the question of what the crisis of Christianity in Europe has had with the theological treatment of the Jew Jesus since the early Enlightenment and in the defensive reaction against the historical thinking of the modern age has to do with how one can make the Bible pastorally fruitful if one takes seriously being a Jew, Jesus.

For both events, please register at [email protected]
Information from [email protected]
Invitation to commemorate the pogrom:
On Sunday, November 10, 2019, 11 a.m., one day after the pogrom memorial day (which this time falls on a Sabbath), we will commemorate a pogrom of a very personal kind: My former Jewish classmate at Wasagymnasium, Hans Gamliel, has wrote down his childhood memories in the Jewish homeless shelter in Vienna as a "memorial for his entire family murdered under the Nazi regime". At his request, I edited the manuscript and printed it as a book. Now the book is available: "A Jewish childhood in post-war Vienna" - the rare story of a "later born of the Shoah"! We will hear a reading from it in the Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse, after which Chief Cantor Barzilei will sing the Jewish funeral prayer for the Gamliel family, on behalf of the millions of victims of the Shoah.

The book will also be available in the museum shop (we ask for a donation of € 19.80 for printing costs).

Elisabeth Lutter

Dear President Oskar Deutsch,
We were sad to learn that Marko Feingold had passed away. His death is a great loss for his wife, the Jewish communities and all of Austria. Like hardly anyone else, Marko Feingold was able to keep memories of the crimes of the Nazi era alive - despite his life story without any bitterness. His commitment to “Never again!” And for profound reconciliation, his shock about anti-Semitic incidents in the present and his tireless commitment to a good coexistence in Austria are impressive and challenging. It was also important to him that the sites of horror be preserved and not changed.
Today we say goodbye to a wonderful person at the grave of Marko Feingold. But the pain of saying goodbye is connected with the assumption of the obligation to continue one's life's work for enlightenment and education of the next generations, an obligation that actually affects everyone in Austria, especially those in political responsibility and the churches.
As a representative of the Coordinating Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation, Vice President Dr. Willy Weisz took part in the funeral and thus expresses our solidarity with the deceased, our gratitude to him and our sympathy with his wife Hanna and the Jewish communities.
United in sorrow
Martin Jäggle
President of the Coordinating Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation
Mon, October 7th, 2019, from 2 p.m.
Meeting point: Coordinating Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation,
Tandelmarktgasse 5 / 2-4, 1020 Vienna

How is Jewish life shaped today?
Which Jewish organizations and institutions are there?
Where are meeting places and opportunities for dialogue?
Gerti Schmidt, a state-certified tourist guide and a Viennese Jew, will answer these and your very personal questions

The city walk ends in a kosher restaurant, so you can get a foretaste of Jewish cuisine right away.

Duration: 2-2.5 hours, costs: 17 euros / person to be paid in cash before the tour
Limited number of participants: max. 30 people

by October 2nd, 2019 at the latest
on the history of Yiddish culture and education in Poland in the 20th century
Lecture by Dr. Evita Wiecki

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6.30 p.m.
Location: Polish Institute, Am Gestade 7, 1010 Vienna
Info and tickets: free admission. Registration required: 01/533 89 61
Organizer and partner: Polish Institute Vienna, Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna

Yiddish, the mother tongue of most of the Jews in Eastern Europe, has experienced a rapid rise since the end of the 19th century: the initially mere “jargon” became a full-fledged cultural language and an important identity factor. Education played a crucial role in this. However, little is known about their development so far. Dr. Evita Wiecki uses textbooks as the source of her research that were published in Poland between 1886 and 1964 for the teaching of Yiddish in the native language. The history of modern Yiddish can be traced well using their example. It is a story that, despite numerous breaks and upheavals, certainly has continuities.
Dr. Evita Wiecki, born in Warsaw, has been a lecturer for Yiddish at the History Department of the LMU Munich, Department of Jewish History and Culture, since 2010. She participates in numerous research and translation projects related to the Yiddish language and culture. Wiecki has published, among other things, Yankev Glatshteyn's youth novel “Emil und Karl”, written in Yiddish and set in Vienna in 1938.
Introduction: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Langer, Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna


Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna
Spitalgasse 2 / 7.3
A-1090 Vienna
Austrian Academy of Sciences and University of Vienna


With joy and gratitude, Café Abraham Wien looks back on an enriching two-day workshop on scriptural reasoning. In cooperation with Regina Polak from the Institute for Practical Theology of the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Vienna, this workshop was held on March 7th. and 08.03 at the University of Vienna. Scriptural Reasoning is a text hermeneutic method in which representatives of the three Abrahamic religions read text excerpts from the Torah, the New Testament and the Koran together and talk to each other over the common reading of the text. The aim of reading the text together is to get to know the different hermeneutics and approaches to a sacred text and to discuss questions raised by a text on a respectful level.Students from Germany and Hungary were invited as well as representatives of various religious youth organizations, which, under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Weiss from the University of Cambridge were introduced to the method of scriptural reasoning. After a theoretical unit in which the participants were introduced to Jewish, Christian and Islamic text hermeneutics, practical units followed in which the participants practiced the method together. Café Abraham Wien is happy about the many new ideas and joint projects that arose in the course of the conference. Special thanks go to our sponsors who made this conference possible: the coordination committee for Christian-Jewish cooperation, the Cardinal König Foundation, Ruth Steiner and the FV Catholic Theology Vienna. But also thanks to all participants and organizers, especially Prof. Dr. Regina Polak.more ...
Date: February 21 to 24, 2019
Location: Danube University Krems, wing west, room 1.03

with Professor Em. Stefan Schreiner (University of Tübingen)
PD Dr. Martha Keil (Institute for Jewish History in Austria, St. Pölten)
Senad Kusur, MA (Danube University Krems, Center for Religion and Globalization), including more ...
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, starting at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Coordination Office for Christian-Jewish Cooperation,
1020 Vienna, Tandelmarktgasse 5 / 2-4

Dr. Theodor Much, specialist in dermatology and president of the Jewish reform community Or Chadasch ("New Light") Vienna since 1990, presents his book: “Fascination Judaism. Basics - Diversity - Anti-Judaism ”, published by LIT in 2018. He wrote his work for both Christians and Jews and tried to present the broad spectrum of Judaism in an easily understandable and critical way. The themes of religious anti-Judaism ("Who killed Rabbi Jesus?"), Christian and Islamic anti-Semitism are also central.
The evening will be moderated by Martin Jäggle, President of the Coordinating Committee for Christian-Jewish Cooperation.
In February 2019 the course Religious Competence in the Migration Society will start for the first time in Cardinal König Haus! A course for everyone who deals with religious diversity in their work context.

Increasing complexity through migration brings with it questions about how to deal with religious diversity. For many people with a migration background, religion is an important part of their identity. In a professional context, skilled workers are confronted not only with religious diversity, but also with their own closeness or distance to religion. This leads to an area of ​​tension that requires knowledge and reflection on religion / s at the same time.
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Jewish and Israeli Memorial Culture: Personal and Social Perspectives

January 24, 2019, 6.30 p.m. - Seminar room 5, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Vienna

The lecture explores the following questions:
How important is the culture of remembrance for me, my family and the society in which I live? What do we remember and why? What are we suppressing?
Is collective memory a separating or connecting factor between people and societies? More ...