US Friends            
of Fraenkelufer


Our Mission:

Our mission is the support of Kreuzberg’s historic Fraenkelufer Synagogue as it strives to enhance the vibrancy of Jewish religion and culture in the diverse setting of today’s Berlin.  In addition to providing a means for supporters in the United States to make tax-deductible contributions that help sustain the Synagogue and its programming and will enable it to move forward with plans to renovate and expand the facility, we are committed to educating interested individuals about the rich history of Jewish life in Berlin, as well as Jewish life there today and in the future.  

Who we are: 

We are an all-volunteer organization, consisting of a small Board of Directors, four of whom reside in the United States and two of whom are in Berlin.  We bring to the organization a mix of backgrounds, interests and talents but we share the goal of seeing the Fraenkelufer Synagogue play a vital role in Berlin’s Jewish life.

What we do: 

While we are committed providing financial support to our German affiliate, the Friends of Fraenkelufer, we also see our role as something much broader – raising awareness of Fraenkelufer and through it, the varied aspects of Jewish life in Berlin.


We’d love to hear from you

  • If you’re planning to visit Berlin and would like to learn more about the Fraenkelufer Synagogue and its community

  • If you’re interested in the religious and cultural programming offered by the Synagogue and other Jewish organizations in Berlin, much of it available on-line

  • If you have and questions or suggestions about our activities

  • And, of course, if you’re interested in supporting our efforts.

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Upcomming Events

Please check back here for US Friends of Fraenkelufer events in English.

In the meantime, we encourage you to explore the rest of the Fraenkelufer community's website and follow the many initiatives currently happening on Instagram @futureufer and Facebook @zentrumfraenkelufer.



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Past Events

Fraenkelufer September 8th Event Flyer.p


Seventy-five years ago, on Rosh Hashanah 1945, the Fraenkelufer Synagogue

in Kreuzberg was the first in Berlin to reopen its doors for formal services after the Nazi period. 


The war in Europe had only been over since May. Survivors were emerging from their hiding places and the camps, and with them Jewish life was slowly returning to the ruined city. Through the heroic efforts of recently arrived Jewish American GIs, led by Captain Harry Nowalsky, the Synagogue managed an improvised renovation and, incredibly, reopened in time for the Jewish High Holidays. The event was captured for Life magazine by Robert Capa, one of the leading war photographers of the 20th century. 


Please join the U.S. Friends of Fraenkelufer on Tuesday, September 8th, from 5pm to 6pm Eastern Time for a very special program exploring and commemorating this event. 


Nina Peretz, president of the Friends of Fraenkelufer Synagogue association in Berlin with Henry Taucher in front of the famous picture taken of him and his brother Fred by Robert Capa at the Rosh Hashanah services 1945

Who will be presenting?

  • Atina Grossman, historian and professor at The Cooper Union, and author of Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany. Professor Grossman will provide an overview of Berlin in the immediate aftermath of Germany’s surrender and the efforts of Jewish survivors and U.S. military personnel to rekindle Jewish life in Berlin. 

  • Jessica Greenberg, Associate Attorney at Nowalsky & Gothard Law Firm, and granddaughter of Captain Harry Nowalsky. Jessica will share some of her grandfather’s unique World War II story, one that she has spent the past seven years researching and documenting.

  • Henry Taucher, a native Berliner who survived the war in hiding as a young child together with his brother, Fred. Both participated in the 1945 services and were photographed at the event by Robert Capa. In a video message Hank will share some of his memories and personal perspective.



The Zoom was live streamed and saved on our Facebook Page.