The board wishes all members, friends and supporters a Shanah Tova u Metuka!!! May this coming year be a sweet one for you and your loved ones! May all your efforts during this coming year be blessed! May this coming year be full of success and prosperity! May you have a year full of love,… Read more: Shanah Tova 5784
Leon Schwarzbaum (20 Feb 1921 – 14 Mar 2022) Mr Schwarzbaum, whom we had the honour to call “Henry”, was the only family member to survive the concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald as well as the death march. We mourn a wonderful Mensch, an important historical figure of Germany’s history, a member of our congregation… Read more: We Mourn Leon Schwarzbaum z”l
For many days now we are living through an awful time. The war waged by the Russian Army against Ukraine has shaken us to the core. In our thoughts, we are with the people that are in Ukraine, that are fighting for their country or that had to leave their homeland. Many members and friends… Read more: Congregational Services for Refugees
The Following Resources are in German, if you are not speaking German, feel free to contact us. We also have members that can help translating Ukrainian/Russian. Ukraine-Hilfe BerlinMit medizinischer und humanitärer Hilfe engagiert sich die Ukraine-Hilfe Berlin. Unterstützen kann man den Verein mit Geld- und Sachspenden oder indem man selbst Mitglied wird. Spendenkonto:Ukraine-Hilfe Berlin e.V.IBAN: DE24… Read more: Aid Agencies for Refugees from Ukraine
For 1,700 years, Jewish music is part of Germany. Over the centuries, the life of Jews in Hesse changed and alongside colorful soundscapes developed. We are presenting a short history of Jewish musical culture in Hesse: From religious to folk music, from Klezmer to Jewish composers and musicians that have worked and still work in… Read more: Notice: Jewish Soundscapes in Hesse Over the Centuries
Liebe Mitglieder des Islamischen Kulturcenters, lieber Zentralrat der Muslime in Deutschland, wir, die Progressive Jüdische Gemeinde Michelsberg in Wiesbaden, möchten unsere Solidarität mit Ihrer Gemeinde nach dem jüngsten Angriff ausdrücken. Ein Angriff auf eine Minderheit ist letztlich ein Angriff auf alle und muss so deutlich wie möglich verurteilt werden. Wir möchten Ihnen mitteilen, dass Sie… Read more: Solidarity Note Islamic Culture Center Halle
Due to the High Holidays a little bit delayed, here are a few impressions from our event Zeitzeugengespräch on 01 September, where also a panel discussion including the director Volker Schlöndorff and the former mayor of Wiesbaden, Achim Exner took place:
To all those being between 18 and 27 years old, here is our invitation to our Rosh Hashanah party: Don’t worry if you don’t speak German (or Russian), you are most welcome, but please register with us by email to email@example.com with your current COVID-19 vaccination or recovery confirmation.
Dear fellow Jewesses and Jews, no matter whether you only have a Jewish mother, only a Jewish father, two Jewish parents or you are a convert, no matter your skin colour, nationality, sexual orientation and gender identity, no matter if you are orthodox, liberal or strictly secular and no matter of which age you are:… Read more: Shanah Tova! A Happy and Sweet 5782!
On 01 Sep 2021 at 11:00h at Caligari Filmbühne in Wiesbaden the premiere of the new documentary of Volker Schlöndorff on the occasion of the 100th birthday of our honorary member Leon Schwarzbaum with subsequent discussion with the participants will take place. Below you find more information and the possibility to register:
On 16 August 2021 at 1930h CEST our next virtual event in the Russian-language series Проект Перспектива will be taking place on ZOOM: Participate via: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81750427500?pwd=NnNmaXg5ek1XRys4dTBNa1NJQ2dLdz09 (Meeting-ID: 817 5042 7500, code: 827291)
On 01 September at 10:00h there will be the premiere of the new film about our member Leon Schwarzbaum made by Volker Schlöndorff at Caligari FilmBühne in Wiesbaden. The full announcement will be following but if you are interested in the premiere, feel free to contact us!
Enjoy a few impressions from our last Russian-language Limmud FSU Labs ZOOM event. On 28 June and on 16 April we had two interesting and sometimes controversial debates with about 60 participants. An additional, this time German-language event is in the pipeline, as always watch this space.
On 28 June 2021 at 2000h CEST our second virtual event in the Russian-language series Проект Перспектива will be taking place on ZOOM: Participate via: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85923212498?pwd=Tm5PYlZzQW92Z2JnR2J5cmtIMVVlQT09 (Meeting-ID: 859 2321 2498, code: 898297)
No longer brand new, but nonetheless do we still think that this is noteworthy: Diana Unkart wrote on 21 Mar 2021 and only slightly more than one year after our founding in the Frankfurter Rundschau in the article “Ein lebendiges, sichtbares Judentum”: Eine neue Wiesbadener Gemeinde will Religion zeitgemäß leben. Ihre Mitglieder wollen sich in… Read more: Portrait of Our Congregation in The Frankfurter Rundschau
At https://www.facebook.com/JGMichelsberg/ you will find our new Facebook page. Especially for our Russian-speaking members and friends we will offer a platform for exchange of ideas and networking. We are looking forward to seeing you over there!
The Hanukkah-Candelabrum which we intended to kindle on the last day of Hanukkah in front of the Hessischer Landtag (Hessian State Parliament) has been built by the Jewish, Muslim and Christian metal-work apprentices of the Wiesbadener Jugendwerkstatt (Youth Workshop of the City of Wiesbaden). תודה רבה (Todah Rabah, Thank you very much) from all members… Read more: The Story of Our Hanukkiah
The year 2020 C.E. was full of huge challenges for all of us and we are still fighting the biggest one, COVID-19. Therefore below a small photo gallery of some of the more positive moments of the first (common era) year of our congregation.
Update 17 December: Due to the radically worsening situation in Wiesbaden, we will not erect a Hanukkiah today. Update 16 December: Due to the current situation, the event below has been cancelled. The Hanukkiah will be erected and kindled without any further celebrations. We cordially invite you to our Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah 2020… Read more: Notice: UPDATE 2 – Hanukkah on 17 Dec 20 at Schlossplatz
If you have been at the Memorial Site on Michelsberg in Wiesbaden on 10 Nov 2020, then you have been able to see half a Star of David, formed by empty shoes. On 10 Nov 2020 at 0530h – the point in time when the Synagogue on the Michelsberg has been ablaze 82 years ago… Read more: Campaign “Emtpy Shoes” on 10 Nov 2020
A challenging year 2020 also for our members and us will draw to a close soon, but we do have some good news that are worthy of a short update: We are officially a registered association (“eingetragener Verein” or e.V.) now and we already have a provisional recognition of our charitable status from the tax… Read more: We Are Officially a “Registered Association” (e.V.) Now
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… Read more: Yom Kippur 5781 and Sukkot
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)… Read more: New Year Seder
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… Read more: A Lot of Political Support At Rosh Hashanah
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… Read more: Wreath Laying Ceremony Honouring End of War
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… Read more: 99th Birthday of Our Oldest Member
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… Read more: Media Reports About Our Founding
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… Read more: Rabbi Maurice Harris Visits Us
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