Selma Stern Zentrum für Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg

The Selma Stern Cener, a center for Jewish Studies, is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It stands for the transdisciplinary integration of Jewish Studies as well as for the promotion of dialogue in the research landscape. The central concern is to render transparent the plurality of already existing research and to intensify synergies between the researchers and the research centers by means of a broad collaboration offer, of which the center’s constitution is characteristic: For the first time in the history of the Berlin scholarship, an institution of Jewish Studies was launched in a communal effort by four universities and research institutions of the region. The supporting institutions comprise the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Technische Universität Berlin, the Universität Potsdam, the Europa-Universität Viadrina as well as the Abraham Geiger Kolleg and the Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien.


An intensive cooperation between researchers is encouraged by the Kollegium Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg, a collegium consisting of young scholars of the ZJS as well as researchers associated with the ZJS. The collegium invites to a colloquium on a weekly basis, in which research projects from the collegium as well as from internationally renowned researchers are presented. To reinforce the cooperation between the ZJS, its supporting institutions and the variety of research establishments of the area, the ZJS collaborates with different facilities. Interested parties are welcome to affiliate to the ZJS through association and cooperation with the ZJS.


Junior research is promoted in the ZJS’ own graduate school, which integrates both members of the ZJS and associates. The researchers themselves are involved in the independent supervision of diverse research and work groups, offering a colloquium each. In this context, both a discussion on controversial issues in the respective research projects and the development of new projects take place. The transdisciplinarity to which the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg is committed is reflected in the multiplicity of its research projects. In order to inspire research synergies, introductions to persons and projects are available in the rubric research areas.

Study Programs

Students are provided an overview of the study programs through the Commented Course Catalogue of Jewish Studies in Berlin-Brandenburg, compiled by the ZJS, which lists the degree programs offering Jewish Studies, and introduces individual events in Jewish Studies.


The academic book series European-Jewish Studies appearing with the publisher De Gruyter and edited by the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg in cooperation with the Moses Mendelssohn Center marks the start of further publication series to follow.

Libraries and Archives

The library and archive index provides an overview of the inventories of the ZJS’ facilities and other establishments.


Offering a broad program of events, the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg invites scholars and the interested public to discussions. Besides a lecture series, book launches and further events, international conferences take place.