The new core exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Jewish Life in Germany: Past and Present exhibition, is divided into five historical chapters. It spans from the beginnings of Jewish life in Ashkenaz, through the emancipation movement, the Enlightenment, and to the present. A large space is dedicated to National Socialism and “After 1945,” where topics such as restitution and reparation are the central themes. The “final chorus” brings the polyphony of contemporary Jewish together in a video installation. The subsequent tour of the exhibition combines historical narrative with insights into Jewish culture and religion by uncovering the sacred aspects of Judaism and exploring what happens on Shabbat. This exhibition includes a presentation of objects, art installations, hands-on stations, and unique virtual reality section spanning two levels of the museum for visitors to enjoy.
The Jewish Museum Berlin hosts an annual two-month-long festival during the summer. Traditionally hosted in the museum’s garden, visitors flock to the seemingly endless selection of events which include concerts, readings, the sharing of traditional and modern delicacies, as well as the popular Jazz in the Garden event. The Cultural Summer Festival attracts visitors and contributors from many diverse and exotic corners of the world. The festival, which began in 2004 as a secret event, is now a primary cultural event in Berlin where summer is celebrated, and guests can enjoy the museum's new additions and exhibits. Several known figures have attended past festivals, including fiction writer Molly Antopol, actress Katharina Marie Schubert, and Parisian singer Noëmi Waysfeld.