Past events

31.08.2019 Long Night of Museums


The site of the New Synagogue, opened in 1866, is a museum and meeting point for all Berliners, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. Tonight everything revolves around letters because according to Jewish mystical ideas, the world was created with the help of the Hebrew alphabet. Discover word-worlds with a Soferet (a female scribe) and through a reading-night about the multiple connections between Berlin and Jerusalem (related to our temporary exhibition) in collaboration with the Jewish publishing house and Habait, Berlin Initiative for Israeli culture. And last but not least, enjoy the beats of rap music!


from 8.00 p.m.  Culinary: “Berliner” and kosher wine

Refreshments will also be served – and you will find out that there are even more connections between “Berliner” and Jerusalem.

from 8.00 p.m.
Our temporary exhibition

“Es war einmal in Jerusalem. A Very Personal View. Gabriella Rosenthal – Drawings.
Palestine / Israel 1938 – 1955“ will be open during the whole night.

from 8.30 p.m. Havdalah-Ceremony                                                 

Cantor Fahlenkamp bids farewell to Sabbath with wine and singing in a
public Havdalah-Ceremony to begin the long night at the museum.
Großer Saal

09.00 p.m. I 10.00 p.m.  I 11.00 p.m. I 12.00 a.m. (20 min.)
Reading Night: „Berlin – Jerusalem, Jerusalem – Berlin“

09.00 p.m. Alina Weinert reads from S. J. Agnons “Toraschreiber“ and “Schira“.
10.00 p.m. Klaus Hillenbrand (taz) reads from his book “Fremde im neuen Land.
Deutsche Juden in Palästina und ihr Blick auf Deutschland nach 1945“.
11.00 p.m. Thomas Sparr (Jüdischer Verlag) reads from his book “Grunewald im Orient. Das deutsch-jüdische Jerusalem“.
12.00 a.m. Nirit Bialer (Habait) reads from  Eshkol Nevos “Neuland“. (english/ hebrew)

  1.  Etage/Ausstellungsfläche


from 09.00 p.m. to 02.00 a.m. Forming letters to holy texts

Esther Kontarsky, a female scribe (“soferet”), produces Klafim throughout the night – pieces of parchment containing handwritten parts of the Torah, which can be put at the doorframe as Mezuzot. These handwritten Hebrew texts can be purchased on site.



from 09.00 p.m. to 02.00 a.m. Designing Hebrew hipster style bags

All generations are invited to print Hebrew letters on tote bags.
You can hipsterly stroll through the city and the night with your name, “Ich bin ein Berliner” or “Berlin-Jerusalem”.



09.30 p.m. I 10.30 p.m.  I 11.30 p.m. (20 min.)                                                     

Experts presents the permanent exhibition and the New Synagogue Berlin

09.30 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. Cantor Fahlenkamp leads through the mikve and today ‘s prayer room.
10.30 p.m. Noel McCauley, the architect of the new permanent exhibition (re-opened last summer) will explain his design concept.
11.30 p.m. Andrej Hermlin, the master of swing , shows his favorite object of the exhibition.



from 12.30 a.m. to 1.00 a.m.  
There is just one: Ben Sאlomo reads and raps 

German – Israeli  rapper  Ben Sאlomo reads from his new book
“Ben Salomo bedeutet Sohn des Friedens“ then performs rap music under the dome …

  1. Etage/Ausstellungsfläche


in Cooperation with: 

  • OLD ABRAHAM, Getränkelieferant
  • Dinah Neuwirth, Miss Stanhope & Lobilat
  • Kantor Jochen Fahlenkamp, Jüdische Gemeinde zu Berlin
  • Constantin Siepermann, Cellist
  • Klaus Hillenbrand, leitender Redakteur der “taz” und Buchautor
  • Thomas Sparr, Jüdischer Verlag im Suhrkamp Verlag
  • Nirit Bialer, Habait
  • Alina Weinert, Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch
  • Esther Kontarsky, Soferet
  • Noel McCauley, Duncan McCauley GmbH & Co. KG
  • Andrej Hermlin, Swing Dance Orchestra
  • Ben Sאlomo, deutsch-israelischer Rapper









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