Julius Schoeps from the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies called it "a unique scandal" that the Interior Ministry didn't include any Jewish scientists or community leaders on the commission it created to fight anti-Semitism and support Jewish life in Germany.
"German lawmakers and the Interior Minister must ask themselves why... clearly no value is placed on experts from Jewish organizations and communities," he added in a statement.
Schoeps announced that his center, in cooperation with the American Jewish Committee and the Amadeu Antonio Foundation against anti-Semitism and racism, would create an alternative commission that would stress the Jewish perspective and include both Jewish and non-Jewish experts.
Anetta Kahane from the Amadeu Antonio Foundation also criticized the government for neglecting to call Jewish experts on the eight-person committee, pointing out that "nobody would even think of creating a conference on hatred of Islam without Muslims or a round table on the discrimination of women without women."
Germany's Interior Ministry said it had no immediate comment on the criticism.
"At a time when Jewish institutions need more protection after numerous terror attacks and anti-Semitic views are rife in schools and in society, we need more instruments and... an ongoing debate on the topic," said Deidre Berger, director of the AJC Berlin Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations.
It's the second time the government has installed a commission to deal with anti-Semitism; an earlier commission came up with suggestions and ideas on how to fight anti-Semitism in 2011. It said at the time that "fighting anti-Semitism in all its various forms is a political priority of the government."
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.