EMpowering Police officers And TeacHers In Arguing Against Antisemitism

The police in Halle (Saxony-Anhalt) were not aware that the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur was being celebrated at the time of the synagogue shooting in October 2019. This is not an isolated case. Similar problems exist in the way public institutions dealing with halakhic requirements on Shabbat or other Jewish holidays, e.g. in scheduling state exams at universities. When knowledge about Judaism and antisemitism is focused solely on the Shoah or even reduced to this subject, it is difficult to intervene effectively against antisemitism. Against this backdrop, the planned project EMPATHIA³ aims to empower future teachers and police officers in confronting the many forms of antisemitism.

The joint project, which involves researchers from the fields of religious studies, history, history and social studies education, childhood and adolescence research, educational research, police training and civil society, is divided into three components. The first component is dedicated to the development of a core curriculum for students in education and police service on the prevention, intervention and repression of anti-Semitism. This curriculum will define the core knowledge and competencies necessary for work by the target groups. For the second component, a standardized test instrument will be developed in order to define the contents of the core curriculum and to provide information on the state of knowledge, attitudes and competencies of prospective police officers and teachers in NRW. The third component will be focused on developing and testing the effectiveness of an intervention for both target groups. This intervention will later be used in the training of teachers and police officers and will be tested for its transferability to other professional groups (e.g. justice, social work, etc.).


Prof. Dr. Nicola Brauch, Faculty of History, Ruhr-Universität Bochum


Prof. Dr. Nicola Brauch, Faculty of History, Ruhr University Bochum
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Cuffel, Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum
ORR'in Dr. Sarah Jahn, University of Applied Sciences for Police and Administration NRW, Gelsenkirchen
Dr. Marc Grimm, Center for Prevention & Intervention in Childhood & Adolescence, University of Bielefeld
Volker Beck, TIKVAH Institut, Berlin

Alle Mitarbeiter:innen auf einem Blick


Frommer, Jana-Andrea/Jahn, Sarah Jadwiga: Das Problem heißt "Antisemitismus". Herausforderungen für die Polizeiarbeit und Polizeibildung, in: Kriminalistik 1 (2023), S. 36-42.

Jahn, Sarah Jadwiga: „Die Pizza“ und „der Antisemitismus“. Antisemitismusprävention als Handlungsfeld in der Polizeiausbildung. Eine Projektvorstellung, in: Forschung, Bildung, Praxis im gesellschaftlichen Diskurs, hrsg. von der Polizeiakademie Niedersachsen, Frankfurt am Main: Verlag für Polizeiwissenschaft 2022, S. 84–95.


Prof. Dr. Nicola Brauch

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Historisches Institut
Universitaetsstr. 150

44801 Bochum

Nadeem Elias Khan

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Centrum für Religionswissenschaftliche Studien
Universitätsstraße 90a

44789 Bochum

Prof. Dr. Alexandra Cuffel

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Centrum für Religionswissenschaftliche Studien
Universitätsstraße 90a

44789 Bochum

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Trautwein

Hector Institut für Empirische Bildungsforschung
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Europastraße 6

72072 Tübingen

Dr. Sarah Jadwiga Jahn

Hochschule für Polizei und öffentliche Verwaltung NRW
Haidekamp 73
45886 Gelsenkirchen

Dr. Marc Grimm

Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft
Zentrum für Prävention und Intervention im Kindes- und Jugendalter (ZPI)
Konsequenz 41 a

33615 Bielefeld

Volker Beck

Tikvah Institut gUG
Postfach 613132
10942 Berlin