Congratulations to Dr. Peter Schäfer, former director of Princeton University’s Program in Judaic Studies, on his recent appointment as the new director general of the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Because Dr. Schäfer is a highly respected expert in rabbinic literature and history, early Jewish mysticism, and Judaism and Christianity in antiquity, I invited him to deliver the inaugural lecture of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies last year. His thought-provoking presentation, Two Powers in Heaven? The Emergence of Binitarian Ideas in Pre-Christian Judaism, was a great success and well received by the audience.
The Institute and I wish Dr. Schäfer the best in his new role at one of the largest Jewish museums in Europe. You can learn more about the Jewish Museum Berlin at its website at http://www.jmberlin.de/main/EN/homepage-EN.php, including its complex historical development and details regarding its permanent exhibit, which highlights two millennia of German-Jewish history.