Leo Baeck: Theologian, Scholar, Teacher

Leo Baeck arriving at LaGuardia Airport, 1949

The life of Leo Baeck (1873-1956) has been documented several times through biographies, writings, and letters. But it is in his capacity as the last leader of a united German Jewry during the Nazi years, and in his unswerving commitment to serving that community’s organizational and spiritual needs, that we honor him in this exhibit.

Rabbi Baeck became a symbolic figure for German Jews — a leader whose moral strength remained steadfast even throughout the darkest years, and whose “Germanness” and “Jewishness” were never at odds. When the LBI was established in 1955, the founders named it in his honor and he became its first president.

November 18, 2002 – May 21, 2003 at Leo Baeck Institute

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