Providing a wide range of different formats, the events of the Institute for the History of German Jews are aimed at both professional audiences and the interested public at large.

Lecture series

During each academic semester, the IGdJ usually hosts a multi-part lecture series on a specific topic.

Panel discussions

Experts on Jewish history and culture engage each other in panel discussions on research trends and current issues.


Intensive exchange, often lasting several days and having the character of a workshop, on topics and trends in research and outreach comprises the heart of the workshops organized by the IGdJ.


Academic conferences organized or co-organized by the IGdJ bring together researchers from different levels of qualification and disciplines for international exchange.

Jewish Film Club

Together with the Metropolis Kino, a local movie theater, the IGdJ organizes the “Jewish Film Club,” which aims at both Jewish and non-Jewish Hamburg audiences. We regularly present international motion pictures exploring the diversity of Jewish life, with each event featuring a brief scholarly introduction before and discussion after the film.


The focus of the “Chrismukkah” evenings is on books and our passion for reading, serving our aim to celebrate the Advent and Hanukkah season. Authors are invited to read at the IGdJ and Institute staff present their books of the year.