Second Jewish High School in Germany Gets Ready to Open

Some 40 fifth-grade students will make up the inaugural class of the newly founded Albert Einstein Gymnasium in the city of Dusseldorf.

11th graders in a Tel Aviv high school taking an English test.
Nir Kafri

DPA - The planned opening of a Jewish secondary school in northwestern Germany on Wednesday will bring the total number of such institutes in the entire country to two.

Some 40 fifth-grade students will make up the inaugural class of the newly founded Albert Einstein Gymnasium in the city of Dusseldorf.

Until recently, Germany's only Jewish high school was in Berlin, though with the scheduled addition of a school in the Bavarian city of Munich in September as well, that number could swell to three.

"We're convinced that Jewish life has a firm place in Germany," Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told dpa.

Whenever there are enough students to open such a school, that's "a great gain for the Jewish community," he said.

The security measures at the new school will include locks and security guards.

"That's been an everyday issue for us for centuries," said Michael Szentei-Heise, administrative director for the Jewish community in Dusseldorf. "A Jewish institution without the corresponding security measures is unimaginable for us."

Hebrew and subjects related to Judaism will be taught eight hours a week, but non-Jewish students are allowed to attend and won't be cut off from goings-on at the school. "There will surely be a Christmas tree at some point," said Szentei-Heise.