Jewish Studies in Berlin

Leo Baeck Summer University in Berlin, Germany


More information can be found on the Leo Baeck Summer University website.

Leo Baeck Summer University is an annual, six-week summer program in Jewish studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, under the auspices of the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg (Center for Jewish Studies). The program consists of two modules plus intensive project work and is combined with excursions, lectures, and meetings all related to the academic program.
 
LBSU focuses on Jewish life in Germany from the 19th to 21st century and its relationship to other Jewish communities worldwide. The first module, Modern German-Jewish History, covers the history of German Jewry from the 18th to the early 20th century and from the Nazi to the post-war period. We are adding a special emphasis in 2016, looking at how Germany's Jewish community has been affected by both the post-Soviet Jewish immigration over the last 25 years, and today's massive influx of Muslim refugees.
 
Our second module also has new focus in 2016: The South American Dream: European Jews in Latin America. This module intends to integrate Latin America into the greater picture of modern Jewish history. Throughout the program, students will be introduced to current issues in Jewish life in Germany today.


More Information

You can stop by the Jewish Studies office or send an email to JewishStudies@ku.edu for more information on study abroad opportunities.

For information on study abroad programs in general or scholarships and financial aid, visit the KU Office of Study Abroad.


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The College Monthly Faculty/Staff Newsletter, Dec. 2017: In Jewish studies, a major symposium came together thanks to the efforts of program assistant Carla Aspenberg. She organized the “Jews in the Midwest” conference featuring four speakers from outside campus, as well as KU. She has also assisted the transition of a new director of undergraduate studies and managed other duties amid staff changes. And following the conference in November, she quickly switched gears to organizing a new, unexpected faculty hire in the department. Director John Younger said that without Carla, “Jewish studies would be dead in the water.”

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