Dr. Eva Atlan
Head of collections at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt,
manages the Judaica holdings and part of the visual arts collection of the Jewish Museum, since 2005, she has curated and realized numerous exhibitions for the Jewish Museum Frankfurt. She studied art history, Romance languages, and classical archaeology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt and wrote her dissertation on the artist Samuel Bak, considers identifying new artistic trends and rediscovering forgotten artists an important responsibility.
Vice-president of the European Parliament,
until June 2019, she was a member of the German parliament, held various offices at federal and state level, among others as Hessian Minister of Education from 2012 to 2014. As Vice-president in the European Parliament, she is responsible, for example, for the House of European History and multilingualism.
President of the Coordinating Committee of Jewish Organizations in Belgium (CCOJB),
Vice-president of the European Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress, and lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP dealing with international trade and competition matters.
Dr. Emily D. Bilski
Art historian, independent curator, and scholar,
she has organized numerous exhibitions in Europe, the USA and Israel, including at the Jewish Museums in New York, Munich, Amsterdam, and Berlin. She was awarded the National Jewish Book Award for Berlin Metropolis: Jews and the New Culture: 1898-1918 (1999) and Jewish Women and Their Salons: The Power of Conversation (2005).
Prof. Dr. Alfred Bodenheimer
Professor of the History of Jewish Religion and Literature at the University of Basel,
his scientific studies pertain to Jewish narratives and Jewish heritage mediation as well as recent issues of religious self-conception. Furthermore, he has established himself as the author of „Rabbi-Klein-Krimis“.
Prof. Dr. Michael Brenner
Professor of Jewish History and Culture at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University in Washington, D.C.,
and International President of the Leo Baeck Institute.
Head of Communication and Digitalization at the Central Welfare Board of Jews in Germany
she studied Psychology and began her professional career as Coordinator of the newly founded German-Israeli Volunteer Service. Between 2017 and 2019 she was furthermore serving as elected vice-president of the European Union of Jewish Students. As a speaker, her special fields of expertise are the diverse realities of young Jewish life in Germany, womens rights and gender equality as well as interfaith and intercultural alliances. She developed the concept of the first Jewish Women Empowerment Summit in Germany on behalf of the Educational Department of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and the Jewish Student Union in Germany, that took place in February 2019 and September 2020.
Dr. Andrea Despot
CEO of the Foundation „Remembrance, Responsibility and Future“,
she is a political scientist, graduated historian for East Europe, expert for society and history of said region, expert for historical-political education as well as remembrance culture(s) in Europe and their contribution to European integration. Before working at the EVZ Foundation, she held the position of director and executive member of the board of the European Academy Berlin e.V.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Michel Friedman
Jurist, philosopher, publisher, author, moderator and executive director of the Center for Applied European Studies (CAES) as well as honorary professor at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences,
his recent television shows include among others “Open End“ and “Friedman schaut hin“ on WeltN24 and “Auf ein Wort…“ at the Deutsche Welle. At the Jewish Museum Frankfurt, he is host of a series of conversations called “Denken ohne Geländer“.
Moderator, author and critic,
longtime staff member of hr2-kultur, where she could be heard in the broadcast "kulturfrühstück", among others.
Author, publicist and blogger,
writes as a columnist for the Jüdische Allgemeine, is editor of talmud.de and regularly publishes texts on Jewish questions and contemporary issues on his blog »Chajms Sicht«.
Journalist, Publisher and film producer,
editor-in-chief of the Jewish weekly magazine tachles as well as the magazines aufbau and Revue Juive, member of various boards of trustees, including the Anne Frank Fonds in Basel and the Foundation Öffentlichkeit und Gesellschaft of the University Zurich.
Dr. Tamar Lewinsky
Curator at the Jewish Museum Berlin,
Curator of contemporary history as well as curator of the 2020-opened new permanent exhibition in the Jewish Museum Berlin. Before that, she worked at the university of Munich, Düsseldorf and Basel.
Dr. Hanno Loewy
Director of the Jewish Museum Hohenems,
founding director of the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt from 1995-2000, and from 2011 to 2017 president of the Association of European Jewish Museums. Numerous publications on Jewish history and the present, the Holocaust, and the history of film and photography.
Prof. Em. Dr. Fania Oz-Salzberger
Professor Em. of History at the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa,
Director of the Poznan Research Forum for Political Thought and the Haifa Center for German and European Studies, former Director of Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden. She has held numerous visiting professorships and was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin.
Dr. Diana Pinto
Historian and writer,
former Special Adviser to the Political Directorate of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg), former Director of the 'Res Publica' Project of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (London), and founding member of the European Council for Foreign Relations.
Dr. Grégor Puppinck
Director of the European Center for Law and Justice in Strasbourg,
member until 2019 of the OSCE Panel on Freedom of Religion or Belief, part of the Committee on the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights.
Dr. Doron Rabinovici
Writer, historian and editor,
for his work he has been awarded the Anton-Wildgans-Prize and the Honorary Prize of the Austrian Book Trade for Tolerance in Thought and Action, member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature.
Freelance curator and researcher,
former chief curator and head of exhibitions at the Jewish Museum in London, where she curated the award-winning exhibition Jews, Money, Myth.
Journalist, movie producer, former commentator of the ARD Tagesthemen
and head of the television department for politics and society at the Hessischer Rundfunk.
Prof. Dr. Émile Schrijver
Director Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam (NL) since 2015,
Professor of Jewish Book History at the University of Amsterdam, curator of the private Braginsky collection and 1986-2015 curator of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana.
Rabb. Julian-Chaim Soussan
Rabbi of the Jewish Community Frankfurt,
member of the board advisory committee of the Orthodox Rabbinical Conference of Germany (ORD) , from 2003 to 2011 rabbi of the Jewish Community of Düsseldorf. He studied economics and Jewish studies at the Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg, then exclusively Jewish studies at the Heidelberg University of Jewish Studies. At the suggestion of Paul Spiegel, former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Soussan trained as a rabbi in Jerusalem. There, he received his ordination in 2003.
Curator at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt
of the museum’s outreach to contemporary Jewish cultures since January 2018. She is establishing a new collection area on the basis of this work and is responsible for one of the oldest holdings of the museum: the Hebraica and Judaica collection, as a specialist in Jewish studies and an educator, she was active in the field of Jewish religious education until 2013, from which time she has participated as a freelancer in a wide variety of projects.
Dr. Zsuzsanna Toronyi
Director of the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives in Budapest,
lecturer on Jewish material culture at the Institute for Jewish Studies at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and associate professor at the Rabbinical Seminary, University of Jewish Studies.
Dr. Zsófia Kata Vincze
Scientist, Associate professor at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest,
she received her Ph.D. in 2006 in Budapest at Eötvös Loránd University. She has continued her academic work at Brandeis University in Boston, and University of Oxford in England. She has two single-authored books: Tradition, memory, identity. The Foundation Myth of Exodus and Return to the Tradition. This last book describes the construction and reconstruction of the Jewish life and identity of the Hungarian Jewry after the fall of communism.
Prof. em. Bernard Wasserstein
Prof. em. of History of the University of Chicago,
formerly President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. His research focuses on the history of Palestine/Israel and European Jewry. His books include Vanishing Diaspora (Europa Ohne Juden: Das Europäische Judentum seit 1945) and On the Eve: the Jews of Europe before the Second World War which was awarded the Yad Vashem International Book Prize.
Journalist and novelist,
host of the weekly radio show Signe des Temps at France Culture. He is a contributor to newspapers like Le Monde, Le Point as well as the American news site The New York Review of Books and Tablet Magazine. His latest book in English, Hate: The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What It Means for Us) was published in 2019 by Houghton-Mifflin.
Prof. Dr. Mirjam Wenzel
Director of the Jewish Museum Frankfurt,
since 2016, she has been at the helm and shaping the future of the oldest Jewish Museum in the Federal Republic of Germany. She obtained a PhD in general and comparative literature, political science and theater studies after studying in Berlin and Tel Aviv; she also worked as a research associate at the University of Munich, from 2007 to 2015, she was in charge of provision of information on Jewish history and culture in digital and print media at the Jewish Museum Berlin.