Exhibitions

In our Midst. Facets of Jewish Life in Leipzig in the Modern Era

The Leipzig Brühl around 1920. Leipzig Jewish Community Collection, F 9629.
One of Leipzig’s oldest streets, the Brühl was flanked by narrow alleys and
courtyards with houses that traditionally offered lodging for Jewish fur traders
during the Leipzig Messe. In the early 20th century, these were replaced by the
furriers’ grand warehouse and office buildings, which reflected the city’s
significance as a hub for the fur trade. When this photograph was taken, around
10,000 people worked in Leipzig’s fur industry, supplying about a third of all fur
goods worldwide.

This exhibition at the City Library of Leipzig illuminates this history with items from LBI’s own rich collection alongside loans from local institutions including the Ephraim Carlebach Foundation and the City History Museum in Leipzig.

Wissenschaft des Judentums: Jewish Studies and the Shaping of Jewish Identity

Moritz Steinschneider writing at his desk

This exhibit shows that the early academic study of Judaism was directly motivated by the desire for the civil rights still denied Jews in Europe in the 19th century. Moreover, the “Wissenschaft des Judentums” would become the forum in which most of the competing visions for how Jews should exist within the larger society and how they should practice Judaism were articulated and advanced.

German Jews at the Eastern Front in WWI: Modernism Meets Tradition

The German Army marching into Neu Sendec during WWI. Bundesarchiv.

This exhibition documents the fascinating encounters between Jews serving in the German Army and the shtetl culture in Eastern Europe that informed new debates about assimilation, peoplehood, and religion during WWI.

Exhibition: Facing History: Portraits from the LBI Art Collection

Artist unknown. Unidentified mother and daughter. Germany, mid-19th century.

At the core of LBI’s Art Collection are well over 1,000 portraits of Jews from Central Europe that reflect the changing cultural dynamics from the 18th century to the 20th century.

New Exhibition on Jewish Berliners in Weimar Germany held in Ambassador’s Residence

(© Germany.info / Zacarias Garcia)

On Monday, March 17, Ambassador Peter Ammon hosted the opening of a new Leo Baeck Institute exhibition at his residence. “Advancing Modernity: Jewish Berliners in Weimar Germany, 1919-1933″ was curated by the Leo Baeck Institute from its extensive collection of personal papers, books and other artifacts. The exhibit features the outstanding achievements of several Jewish…

Jewish Vienna: Opportunities and Innovations

A man and woman view theater listings on an advertising column in front of the Burgtheater in Vienna (c. 1905-1914). Emil Mayer (1871-1938)

Leo Baeck Institute focuses on the Jewish contribution to cultural life in Vienna. Extended through June 8, 2014.

Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture

Meyer Elkan Fürth
Sefer yir’at shamayim [The Book of Fear of Heaven] Dessau, 1820

Before the emancipation, learned Jews used mathematics primarily as a tool for calculating the Jewish calendar.  As opportunities opened for Jews in German academia, Jewish mathematicians became leaders in the field.

A wealth of pictures and documents trace many moving lives: young researchers who helped shape modern mathematics and physics, scholars who went beyond mathematics and made their mark in literature or philosophy, and the story of the most important female mathematician of the 20th century.

LBI Focuses on Mendelssohn Family in Exhibit at German Ambassador’s Residence

A panel from the exhibition shows some descendants of Moses Mendelssohn

German Ambassador Peter Ammon hosted the opening of a new Leo Baeck Institute exhibition at his residence. “The Mendelssohns: A German Family of Scholars, Bankers, and Artists” was curated by the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) from its extensive collection of personal papers, books and other artifacts.

Beer, Art and Revolution: Jewish Life in Munich, 1806 – the present

Julius W. Schülein, "Main Synagogue and Frauenkirche", water color, c. 1920

This exhibit shows how Jews were instrumental in shaping the traditions and character of Germany’s third largest city, from Löwenbräu beer to the city’s champion soccer club.

Destination Shanghai: The Jewish Community of Shanghai, 1936-1949

David L. Bloch, Self Portrait in a Rickshaw, watercolor, 1943

On view through April 14, 2013 at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz
Between 1936 and 1949 Shanghai was the last refuge to 20,000 German and Austrian Jews, who flocked to the only place in the world that didn’t require a visa.