Jewish immigration from the former Soviet Union to Germany grew enormously during the same period when Russian Jews flocked to Israel. Starting with some 28,000 Jews in 1990, by 2005 Germany had added over 200,000 Jews. In response to this trend, the German Foreign Ministry has created a multi-media exhibit of photographs and films that relate the experiences of contemporary German Jews in different walks of life. Viewers will see and hear how survivors, entertainers, educators, journalists, business people, teenagers, entrepreneurs, and rabbis are shaping Jewish life in Germany today.
The exhibit begins with five panels that provide historical context and demographic information about Jews in Germany. Many of the panels feature QR (quick response) codes that allow smart phone users with the appropriate application to access additional audio-visual content. A kiosk in the gallery offers three short films produced specifically for the exhibition.
The Cincinnati showing of Jewish Life in Germany Today is co-sponsored by the Skirball Museum on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati; the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chicago; and the American Jewish Committee.