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    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 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. Today Berlin’s Jewish community is the fastest growing in the world due to Russian Jewish immigration. Jewish Community, an umbrella organization which provides for 6 synagogues, 2 mikvot, schools, adult education programs and social services has 12000 members, 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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