Past Events

Chelsea Music Festival: Ye Eun Choi, Trio Imàge perform Mahler, Schoenberg, Kagel, Korngold

Violinist Ye-Eun Choi is a 2005 recipient of the Anne Sophie Mutter Foundation Scholarship.

The Chelsea Music Festival and Leo Baeck Institute present an evening of music by Mahler, Schoenberg, Kagel, and Korngold. Leo Baeck Institute houses a rich archive of manuscripts and letters of German and Austrian musicians of Jewish descent – including three of the above composers – who helped shape modern music.

Conference: German-Speaking Jews in New York City: Their Immigration and Lasting Presence

Members of the Newmann Family aboard a ship of the Hamburg-America Line, undated.

Leo Baeck Institute and The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College will present a day-long conference on German-Jewish immigration and presence in New York City on May 5, 2011. Panelists including distinguished scholars, authors of fiction and poetry, and filmmakers will discuss the impact that German-speaking Jews had on the city.

Lecture: A Rare Conversation with Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Leo Baeck Institute will present a lecture by scholar Gitta Honegger on the 2004 Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s recent, internationally acclaimed play Rechnitz. The evening will feature a rare and exclusive video conversation with the 2004 Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek.

Video: Joschka Fischer and Norbert Frei, the German Foreign Office and the Nazi Past

Joschka Fischer at Leo Baeck Institute, February 1, 2011 © German Consulate General New York

Excerpts of former German Foreign Minister, Joschka Fischer, and author Norbert Frei discussing “The German Foreign Office and the Past” at LBI. It was the first public discussion of the research initiative and book in New York.

Lecture: Joschka Fischer and Norbert Frei “The German Foreign Office and the Nazi Past”

Joschka Fischer was Federal Foreign Minister of Germany from 1998-2005.

Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer appointed an independent commission to investigate the role of the German Foreign Office during the Nazi Regime. He and one of the commission members, Dr. Norbert Frei, will discuss the initiative and the results of the investigation.

Concert: The Lee Trio

The Lee Trio performs January 11 at LBI

Tuesday January 11, 2011, 7:00 PM, Forchheimer Auditorium, Center for Jewish History. The Lee Trio has been called one of the freshest and most dynamic musical ensembles playing today.

Concert: Chamber Music of Barber, Britten and Brahms

Composer Robert Schumann

The Phoenix Chamber Ensemble will perform works by Barber, Britten and Brahms.

Film: Adventures in Listening with Maestro Kurt Masur

2009, Canada-Brazil-Germany, 56 minutes English and German with English subtitles

Monday, November 22, 2010, 6:30 PM – Conductor Kurt Masur, who accepted the Leo Baeck Medal on November 9, and the film’s Director Amit Breuer will attend the screening.

Lecture by Author Michael Goldfarb: How the Emancipation of Jews Led to Revolution and Renaissance

Author Michael Goldfarb

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 6:30 PM – Michael Goldfarb was the London-based voice of National Public Radio for almost twenty years when he became interested in the struggle of immigrants and minorities to succeed in a new country. His new book reflects the journey of European Jews as they became increasingly integrated into European society.

Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture: Michael Brenner: “The politics of Jewish historiography: How to construct a usable past”

Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner, of the University of Munich discussed research from his new book “Prophets of the Past.” “Prophets” is the first book to examine in depth how modern Jewish historians have interpreted Jewish history. Brenner reveals that perhaps no other group has used their shared history for so many different ideological and political purposes as the Jews.