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First rabbis ordained in Germany since Holocaust

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First rabbis ordained in Germany since Holocaust


In what is being described as a milestone in post-war German history, rabbis have been ordained in the country for the first time since the Holocaust. The emotional ceremony in Dresden involved three students. It is hoped it will pave the way for many more such ordinations. For years, Germany’s Jewish community has had to rely on rabbis brought in from abroad. Political figures were present as today’s historic events unfolded – over 60 years after Germany’s Nazi regime slaughtered six million European Jews. Newly-ordained South African Malcolm Matitiani plans to return to his synagogue in Cape Town. But German Daniel Alter, who wept during the service, will remain in Germany as will Tomas Kucera, who is from the Czech Republic. The flood of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s led to a rebirth of Germany’s Jewish community but it has highlighted the dearth of rabbis. At present, there are only around 25 rabbis serving 100 congregations.

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