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Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg was born near Braunschweig in 1773. He became a private house teacher, working in Brandenburg, Hannover and in Braunschweig, where he met Israel Jacobson and other famous intellectuals of the time. They invited him to become “Inspektor” for the newly created , “Samson’sche Freischule” in Wolfenbuettel“ in 1707, a merger of the ‘Jakobsonschule” and the “Samson’sche Talmudschule”, mixing religious and secular education, guided by the spirit of enlightenment and Reform Judaism. Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg died in 1853, when his son, Philipp Ehrenberg became principal of the Freischule.

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Painting of the school director Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg, Leo Baeck Institute, F 36415.