(Un-)Orthodoxe Biografie: Ein Weg zur jüdischen Religion

The paper deals with individual religious development in a Jewish community in Germany. It shows an example of a member of the Leipzig ToraZentrum which was established by the Lauder Foundation. It focuses on a female migrant who converted from secular to strongly religious Judaism. On the basis of narrative-biographical interviews, the author enquires why and how such a significant biographical change could happen. Central to the analyses is the impact of the local centre and its orthodox programme of teaching.