Shelly Kupferberg was born in Tel-Aviv in 1974 and grew up in West Berlin. She has been moderating cultural, literary and social magazines for 25 years. As a freelance editor, she works for Deutschlandfunk Kultur and hosts daily live broadcasts on rbbKultur. From 1997–2007 she worked for the cultural festival Jüdische Kulturtage Berlin and curated her own series. Shelly volunteers for Terre des Femmes.
WHY ARE YOU PARTICIPATING IN THIS PODCAST? WHAT DRIVES YOU PERSONALLY?
Whereas a few decades ago, many Jews in Germany were unwelcome, to say the least, subsequent generations that have grown in number see themselves as a self-evident part of German society. At the same time, antisemitic tendencies from the past and hate-filled prejudices are on the rise. I am interested in how Jewish people in Germany are faring today, how they view their life, German society, culture, and politics, and how they view themselves.
WHAT IMAGE OF JEWISH LIFE IN GERMANY DO YOU HAVE?
We are few, but fine. Jewish life today is very diverse and vital. It is self-confident, open and reflects on old questions in a new way.
WHAT OTHER SOCIAL ISSUES ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT?
I am driven by all issues of justice, and I would like to see much more discussion about the question of the kind of world we want to live in together, and how!