LBI London Announces Two Scholarships for LBI MA in European Jewish History

Queen Mary, University of London

Applications for the 2012/2013 academic year are due April 16, 2012.

Inaugural Moses Mendelssohn Award for Critical Thinking Awarded to Henry Kissinger

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On December 12, 2011, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle awarded the inaugural Moses Mendelssohn Award for Critical Thinking to former Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger during the annual Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Diner at the Waldorf≈Astoria in New York. Westerwelle lauded Kissinger as an “indispensable pillar of the transatlantic friendship.”  “Henry Kissinger…

2012 Leo Baeck Medal Awarded to Artist Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer and Guido Westerwelle

On December 12, 2011, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle awarded the Leo Baeck Medal to German Artist Anselm Kiefer during the annual Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Diner at the Waldorf≈Astoria in New York.

Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Dinner

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Monday, December 12, 2011, 7:00 pm German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will award the Leo Baeck Medal to Anselm Kiefer and bestow a special honor on Dr. Henry A. Kissinger. The presentation will take place during the annual Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Diner at the Waldorf≈Astoria in New York.

Exhibition: A Continuing Conversation – Moses Mendelssohn and the Legacy of the Enlightenment

A letter written by Moses Mendelssohn, 18th century

As both a leading Enlightenment philosopher and a learned, observant Jew, Mendelssohn has come to symbolize many of the tensions within both modern Judaism and the Enlightenment itself. This exhibit explores the theme of conversation in Mendelssohn’s legacy, including his relationships, his writings, his concept of Judaism, and the Enlightenment.

Leo Baeck Salon Explores the Logistics of Memory in Berlin

Luca Vanello's "Memory Pill" consists of a single photograph, disintegrated and compressed into a gelatin capsule, offering to bring the observer back to a specific moment and memory.

At the 9th Leo Baeck Salon, seventeen young artists transformed shipping containers in an industrial Berlin neighborhood into art spaces with sculptures inspired by LBI collections. The artists, all students in Gregor Schneider’s sculpture class at the Berlin University of the Arts, engaged with LBI archives at the Jewish Musuem in Berlin.

NEH and DFG to Fund Initiative to Recreate Seminal Judaica Collection

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The $180,000 grant, jointly funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG), will allow LBI to digitize about 1,000 books that have been identified as missing from the Frankfurt Library’s Judaica collection.

Leo Baeck Institute and Frankfurt Library Work to Reunite Legendary “Science of Judaism” Collection

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Projects underway at Leo Baeck Institute and the Goethe University Library in Frankfurt could give scholars access to a landmark collection of Judaica that was long believed to be permanently fragmented by World War II. A a team of librarians at LBI have cross-referenced a list of works missing from the Frankfurt Library’s 1932 catalogue with LBI holdings.

“The Art of the Book” Presents LBI Collections on Jewish Book Art at German Ambassador’s Residence

Renata Stein and Klaus Scharioth

As part of the Leo Baeck Institute’s ongoing cooperation with the German Embassy in Washington, DC, Ambassador Klaus Scharioth opened the third exhibition in his residence featuring objects from LBI collections. “The Art of the Book” is devoted to the contributions of Jewish writers, illustrators, designers, publishers and collectors to literature and learning in Germany.

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.