Who will teach you on this course
Rabbi Tom Kucera
Before his rabbinical studies, Tom Kučera received his PhD in biochemistry. In the middle of his studying at the (now) Masaryk University in Brno in Czech Republic, the „velvet revolution“ opened the borders and he could continue his accademical career abroad. After two years of the Jewish studies in Jerusalem, he was accepted to the rabbinical school Abraham Geiger College in Berlin. He was ordained in 2006 during the first rabbinical ordination in Germany after the Shoah. Since then he serves in the Reform congregation Beth Shalom in Munich.
Alex Scheepens is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his M.A. in European Studies (2016) and B.A. in International Relations and History (2014), both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and completed a second M.A. in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2021). His current research centers on the Jewish experience in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Alongside his dissertation work, his teaching and research interests range from topics in modern European Jewish history and the Holocaust to the history of antisemitism, Zionism, and the State of Israel.