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.

LBI Survey of Archives in Romania Brings Hidden Traces of German-Jewish Life to Light

Register of births in 1884 in Rădăuţi (Radautz), a town in Bukovina, Romania, near the Ukranian border.

LBI archivists are conducting an inventory of archival holdings related to German-speaking Jewish communities in Southern Bukovina and Transylvania, a project that will dramatically increase the accessibility of primary resources on an aspect of Jewish history that is underrepresented in scholarship.

Dr. William H. Weitzer Named Executive Director of LBI


LBI is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. William H. Weitzer as its new Executive Director, succeeding Carol Kahn Strauss, who will become the Institute’s International Director.

Margarethe von Trotta: Acceptance of the 2012 Leo Baeck Medal

German film director Margarethe von Trotta accepts the Leo Baeck Medal in New York on November 28, 2012.

German film director Margarethe von Trotta accepted the Leo Baeck Medal on November 28, 2012 at the Leo Baeck Institutes annual gala award dinner in New York City.

German Ambassador Peter Ammon Presents 2012 Leo Baeck Medal to Margarethe von Trotta

Peter Ammon presents the Leo Baeck Medal to Margarethe von Trotta in New York on November 28, 2012

On November 28, 2012, German Ambassador Peter Ammon awarded the Leo Baeck Medal to German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta.

Video: DigiBaeck – German-Jewish History Online


Brewster Kahle, designer Nicholas Felton, and New York Times reporter Claudia Dreifus discuss LBI’s new digital archive of German-Jewish History.

Rabbi Ronald B. Sobel Named President of LBI

Rabbi Sobel is Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanu-El in New York City and a highly regarded scholar.

Jerry Lindenstrauss – Life in the Shanghai Ghetto


LBI volunteer Jerry Lindenstrauss escaped Germany in in 1939 and moved to Shanghai with his family, where he experienced the Japanese occupation. He made these remarks at the opening of “Destination Shanghai” on June 19, 2012.

Chinese Deputy Consul General Speaks at Opening of Shanghai Exhibit

Chinese Deputy Consul General Mr. Zhu Wanjin with Renata Stein, the curator of "Destination Shanghai."

On June 19, 2012, Chinese Deputy Consul General Mr. Zhu Wanjin attened the opening of LBI’s current exhibit, “Destination Shanghai” and addressed over 150 guests, many of whom were former Shanghai refugees and their families.

“Faith in Reason” Exhibit Highlights Jewish Scientists at German Ambassador’s Residence

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Leo Baeck Institute unveiled a new exhibit at the residence of German Ambassador Peter Ammon in Washington, DC that highlights the extraordinary contributions of German Jews in the fields of natural science, mathematics and medicine.