Reform Rabbis to be Ordained in Berlin

June 17, 2009

Source: JTA


Three new Reform rabbis will be ordained in Berlin in the second such ceremony held in Germany. The Abraham Geiger College at the University of Potsdam, which is marking its 10th anniversary, will ordain Gábor Lengyel, Richard Newman and Roly Zylbersztein.


The ceremony, which will be held on June 18th, 2009 in the Rykestrasse Synagogue in the former East Berlin, is being hosted by the Central Council of Jews in Germany, which earlier this month co-hosted the ordination of the first two Orthodox rabbis trained at the Rabbinerseminar zu Berlin.


The Geiger College rabbinical program was founded in 1999 and held its first ordination ceremony in the fall of 2006 in Dresden. It is supported by the German federal government; the state of Brandenburg; the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of all the German states; the Central Council of Jews in Germany; and the Leo Baeck Foundation.

Updated: Jun. 22, 2009