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Presenting the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk

The Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk was founded in 2009. ELES provides scholarships for Jewish undergraduate and graduate students who have above average achievements in school and university studies and are socially active in the Jewish community. We also offer scholarships for highly-qualified Jewish doctoral candidates and offer financial assistance for studies abroad, including internships and language courses.

Noted Jewish personalities from academia and public life participate in our efforts to make our scholarship programme as effective and enriching as possible (see Beirat and Vertrauensdozent_innen). In addition to financial assistance, our scholarship programme strives to provide its scholarship holders with the opportunity to increase their sense of social responsibility and their abilities to successfully engage in dialogue.

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Opportunities for Participation

We encourage our scholarship holders to get involved in the planning of our diverse activities. On all levels, representatives elected by the scholarship holders are involved in building the future of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk.

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Religious Life

An essential aim of our scholarships is to promote knowledge about the Jewish tradition in all its diversity. Two rabbis of different denominations accompany our activities and instruct our scholarship holders with regard to all questions concerning the theory and practices of Jewish life.

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Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich

We aim to embolden our scholarship holders to shape the future with Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich’s intentions in mind. Born in Berlin, the historian and religious scholar Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich  (1921–2007) had a moving life, the history of which includes the experience of the persecution, attempted annihilation and subsequent reconstruction of the European Jewry in the 20th century.

In his honor we award the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Medal for the sciences and the arts.

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„Als letzter aktiver Schüler der letzten Generation der Lehranstalt der Wissenschaft des Judentums spüre ich die tiefe Verpflichtung zu helfen. Nur so wird es gelingen, den Tausenden von Juden, die in den letzten Jahrzehnten nach Deutschland gekommen sind, eine geistige jüdische Identität zu vermitteln, die ihnen bisher verwehrt war.“

Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich (2006)

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