In summer 2007 three students from the University of Potsdam
and the Humboldt-University Berlin established a new information gateway called “Salon Jewish Studies” at http://international-js.blogspot.com/
. It provides a gateway to resources for research in Jewish History and Culture internationally. It also gives the opportunity for scientific dialogue. Focal points are archival material, digitized sources and resources, and enquiry in scholarly literature across many countries.
Currently (September 2008) Salon Jewish Studies provides a range of extensive information from fifteen countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and the United States of America, and will expand continually. Their aim is to complete Europe by spring 2009
Administrators of the Salon are Dajena Schloeffel (student of Jewish Studies, Religious Studies and Political Sciences at University
), Philipp Messner (student of Cultural Science and Jewish Studies at University
and Humboldt University Berlin
) and Frank Schloeffel (Magister in Jewish Studies, Religious Studies and Sociology at the University of Potsdam.
The Salon is one of the major projects of the newly founded Ismar-Elbogen-Institute for Jewish Cultural History. The Elbogen-Institute, a student initiative, is an independent research and documentation centre, founded in spring 2008 in the city of Brandenburg
The founders were students, who study (or studied) aspects of Jewish History and Cultures as well as students of other disciplines. The board-members are Dajena Schloeffel (chairwoman), Frank Schloeffel (vice chairman) and Jana Witkowski (treasurer).
Its work is supported by scholars including Professor Dr. Susanne Talabardon (Chair of Judaic Studies, University
), Nathanael Riemer (Coordinator for Jewish Studies at the University
) and Professor Dr. Joachim Schloer (Professor of Modern Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton, England).
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