Dialogue in transition: Germany and its Jews

A German-Jewish dialogue has reached another very special moment of its ambivalent history. Within only two decades Germany was able to become home to one of the biggest European Jewish communities. Yet the dynamics on both sides are less encouraging than this statistics propose. In his talk Sergey Lagodinsky is addressing the challenges and assessing the perspectives for a substantial German-Jewish Renaissance.

About Sergey LagodinskySergey Lagodinsky

Sergey Lagodinsky is a lawyer and author based in Berlin currently a Yale World Fellow in residence in New Haven CT. Sergey Lagodinsky is an expert on German foreign policy, politics of integration and diversity as well as German-Jewish relations. He is a Fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. He has appeared on the BBC World Service, DeutschlandRadio, Deutschlandfunk, Radio Liberty and other radio stations. He is also a frequent guest and commentator on RTVi (an international Russian speaking TV network) and Deutsche Welle TV. His commentaries have been published by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Financial Times Deutschland, WELT, Tagesspiegel, among others. From 2003 to 2006, Sergey was program director at the Berlin office of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and continued to act as special advisor for the AJC until December 2008. He is a founder and speaker of the Jewish Caucus in Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) as well as a vice speaker of the Assembly of Representatives of the Jewish Community of Berlin, where he also chairs the Committee on Integration. He is member of advisory boards of numerous organizations and institutions.
Sergey received his Ph.D. in law from Berlin's Humboldt University for his research on freedom of speech and protection against antisemitism. He holds a law degree from the University of Göttingen and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University.

This Event is Co-Sponsored by

The Brandeis Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry
The combined Jewish-German Dialogue Groups of the Boston Area
The Mandel Humanities Center