||The present Jewish Community
dates back to the year 1671 when several Jewish families arrived after
being expelled from Vienna. After the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) the
country was in ruins and the Emperor Frederick William of Prussia
allowed different groups to enter the country and build it up.
Before the Nazis came to power, the Berlin Jewish community had
160.000 members (1/3 of all Jews in the German Reich). Today Berlin`s
Jewish community is the fastest growing in the world due to Russian
Jewish immigration (according to the AJC). Jewish Community, an
umbrella organisation which provides for 6 synagogues, 2 mikvot,
schools, adult education programmes and social services ... has 12000
members (Nov. 1998), but many Jews - several thousand say the
estimates - living in Berlin are not affiliated. The small orthodox
community Adass Yisroel has 1000 members.
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