Rabbi Jakov Ebert, born in Tel Aviv in 1948 (i.e. in the Jewish year 5708), has been serving in Wuerzburg since 2001. Prior to that - from 1999 to 2001 - he worked in Heidelberg, and - from 1996 to 1999 - in Hannover. He comes from a reputed rabbi tradition. One of his forefathers was Rabbi Jehoshua Falk, the author of the talmud commentary Penei Jehoshua. He attended the Taldmud School Bely in Tel Aviv from 1951 to 1961, therafter, until 1970, Pressburg Jeschiva in Jerusalem. After his marrigage he attended the Kolet Schewet Mi Jehuda (Oberrabbiner Untermann mit Semicha 1975). Za.Ha.L. (Army Service) until 1976.
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Religious Instruction and Studies
Jewish religious instruction for children and young people is provided in accordance with the state school curriculum. At present there are three weekly classes on two days for teenagers, and on two days per week for grammar school children.
Classes for adults are offered three times a week. Also available are indiviudal courses by arrangement. In addition there are weekly Sabath courses.
Nursery classes by Mrs. Rivka Scherpff.
Chewra Kadischa and Bikkur Cholim.
Information about courses and time: Tel. 0931-40414 0
An important element in the services provided by the Jewish Community is the Youth Center. It is being sponsored by the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, New York. The center can also be used by other Jewish organisations.
Since it s establishment in 1987 the foundation’s mission has been the revival of Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe. Its founder and president is the American entrepreneur and diplomat Ronald S. Lauder, the son of Estée and Joseph Lauder who founded the cosmetics group Estèe Lauder Inc.
The foundation is active in more than 30 European cities running or supporting schools, nurseries, youth centers and conference centers. The goal is to familiarize Jewish children and youths with to-day’s Jewishness. In Germany the foundation is active, apart from Wuerzburg, with projects in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig and Osnabrueck.
The Lauder Chorev Seminar Center in Wuerzburg has been organizing Sabbath courses as well as summer and winter seminars since 2000. The new facilities offers overnight accommodation for up to 90 people. A new kosher kitchen, an extended synagogue and a remodeled Mikwe offer the chance to experience Jewish tradition in an adequate modern environment. At the same time the largest accumulation of medieval Jewish gravestones in the basement of the building are a chance to be confronted with the rich history of a Jewish community and to help transform this history into the present.