Major Berlin Jews

When Moses Mendelssohn followed his teacher, Rabbi David Fränkel, from Dessau to Berlin in 1743, the Jewish Community of Berlin consisted of little more than 1,000 members whose civil rights were severely curtailed every step of the way. Despite the restrictions, the Jews of Berlin were thriving, and Mendelssohn’s circle included wealthy industrialists, learned physicians, and literary salonnieres.

Moses Mendelssohn's Berlin Milieu