Past Exhibitions

On the Wings of Song: Jewish Involvement in Music

Arno Nadel

From its own archives and art collection, LBI has put together an exhibit to showcase the countless musicians, composers and patrons who enriched European cultural life throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Many were Jewish, while others, like Mozart, received early and important support in the salons of cosmopolitan Jewish women.

Widely Scattered, Closely Linked: The Daily Life of Central European Jewry, 1600 to 1948

Daily Life

This exhibit looks at the daily life of Jews across the expanse of Central Europe, from Alsace-Lorraine in the West to the mountains of the Bukovina in the East. There were regional borders to cross and taxes to pay; there were geographical variations in recreational activities, in apprenticeship options, and in community activities.

Starting Over: The Experience of German Jews in America, 1830-1945

Members of the "Stammtisch", a weekly meeting of German-speaking Jews in New York, in front of the Kleine Konditorei, circa 1982

This exhibit traces the history of German-Jewish immigration to America, beginning with the quest for freedom from restrictive decrees and quotas in Europe in the early 19th century and continuing through the arrival of refugees from Nazi persecution. The exhibit includes a section on the history of the Leo Baeck Institute.

Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany after 1933

Detail of a Panel from "Lawyers without Rights"

In April 1933, shortly after the Nazis came to power, Jewish lawyers, judges, law professors, and civil servants throughout the judiciary system were disbarred and stripped of their right to practice law. The wide-ranging contributions of Jewish jurists in the late 19th and 20th century were disregarded.

Intriguing Women

Physician and biologist Rahel Hirsch, (1870-1943) in the laboratory.

The pioneering achievements of Jewish women in modern times cover a wide field-including social welfare, to the arts, to medicine and physics. The variety of their experiences is documented in letters, books, memoirs and other written materials in the archives of the LBI but is especially visible in the diverse imagery depicted in the Institute’s art collection.

Salon Paintings of the Leo Baeck Institute

This portrait of the children of an upper-middle class Jewish family was painted  in the 1920s by Adolf Ziegler, who would eventually become president of the Nazi Chamber of Art in 1936.

The exhibit will showcase works of such prominent artists as Max Liebermann, Lesser Ury, Julius Schulein, as well as works by artists who did not necessarily rise to prominence. The paintings evoke the contemporary Zeitgeist as well as the ever-changing status of the Jewish population from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

On Thin Ice: Jews in Salzburg

"Aryanization" Records

This exhibition was on display at the Museum Carolino Augusteum in 2002 and is now shown at the LBI with additional materials from the LBI’s collections.

September 18 – December 11, 2003.

Nahum Goldmann, Statesman without a State

Nahum Goldmann

Together with Chaim Waizmann and David Ben-Gurion, Goldmann helped create Israel, but never thought that a Jewish state was the answer for all Jews. Rather, Goldmann believed there must be vibrant Jewish organizations throughout the Diaspora and helped found the World Jewish Congress and the Conference of Jewish Organizations.

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.

Imprints: Selected works by Diane Samuels

Works by Diane Samuels

Diane Samuels, whose work is a centerpiece of the Great Hall of the Center for Jewish History creates are that deals with with language, text and context, using the letters of the alphabet to create alternative approaches to communication, both between ordinary people and as a link to the Divine. The exhibit includes projects from Germany, Slovakia, Poland, and the US.