News

  • Yom Kippur 5781 and Sukkot
    Dear reader, if you have been visiting our site earlier already: Our article about Yom Kippur was part of the New Year Seder article before, which lead to some misunderstandings, so we now split it in two. Of course we celebrated Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement in a modern way but in accordance […]
  • New Year Seder
    Dear reader, if you have been visiting our site earlier already: This article in a past version also contained our Yom Kippur experience, which lead to some misunderstandings, so we now split it in two. On the second day of the Rosh Hashanah holiday we had organised a “Seder” (a lunch with special, symbolic food) […]
  • A Lot of Political Support At Rosh Hashanah
    Through the rebirth of the Jewish Congregation at Michelsberg, Progressive Judaism is visible again in Wiesbaden – and we have celebrated our first Jewish New Year with a lot of political support! Our congregation is member of the World Union of Progressive Judaism, the biggest Jewish movement in the world with 1.8 million members in […]
  • For The First Time in 82 Years, Batja Celebrates Rosh Hashanah in a Jewish Congregation in Germany Again
    To celebrate the High Jewish Holidays during times of COVID-19, we had to be imaginative. Of course health is of supreme importance for our congregation. Nonetheless we wanted to celebrate the important Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur together as far as possible – and also to remind the City of Wiesbaden and our […]
  • Wreath Laying Ceremony Honouring End of War
    In May 2020 large ceremonies on the occasion of the 75 anniversary of the end of the war had been planned. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 risks prevented this. Dates like that one do not only give us reason for celebration. We mourn our family members that lost their lifes during the times of the Shoah. We […]
  • Michelsberg at Limmud 2020 in Vienna
    One more news item that has been delayed due to the COVID-19 situation: From 28 Feb to 01 Mar 2020 two board members of our congregation, Larissa and Felix Deichmann, participated at Limmud in Vienna. Limmud (in Hebrew “learning”) is the world’s largest pluralistic-Jewish educational conference that has the aim of connecting Jews from all […]
  • 99th Birthday of Our Oldest Member
    Due to the situation of the last few months, we publish this news item somewhat late: On 20 Feb 2020, the oldest member of our congregation, Leo Schwarzbaum, turned 99 years old. The Torah from which was read during the first memorial service of our congregation on 27 Jan 2020 at Michelsberg, has been provided […]
  • Media Reports About Our Founding
    We are enthusiastic about the attention our official formation has drawn early this year – the first formation of a Reconstructionist congregation in Germany! Julia Kleiner has written in the Wiesbadener Kurier under the headline “Weitere jüdische Gemeinde in Wiesbaden gegründet”: In Wiesbaden hat sich eine weitere jüdische Gemeinde gegründet, die progressive jüdische Gemeinde. https://www.wiesbadener-kurier.de/lokales/wiesbaden/nachrichten-wiesbaden/weitere-judische-gemeinde-in-wiesbaden-gegrundet_21182796 […]
  • Rabbi Maurice Harris Visits Us
    In November last year Rabbi Maurice Harris, the Associate Director for Thriving Communities and Israel Affairs Specialist of Reconstructing Judaism visited us. His visit was an important signal of support for our at that time still fledgling community. Last not least, the SV Wehen Wiesbaden has a new supporter in the USA since an almost […]