Masorti/Conservative Rabbinical School Opens in Berlin

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Europe will gain its first Masorti/Conservative rabbinical school when the new Zacharias Frankel College opens next fall in Berlin. Based at Potsdam University, the college will be under the religious supervision of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, part of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. That school’s dean, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, will also serve as dean of the Berlin school. Graduates will be ordained by Ziegler and will be members of the Rabbinical Assembly, the organization of Conservative rabbis. Frankel College is named for the 19th century German rabbi considered the intellectual father of Conservative Judaism. It was developed as a partnership between the Ziegler School and the Leo Baeck Foundation Germany.