Past Events

When the Nazis invaded France and the Low Countries, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees from all over Europe poured into neutral Portugal. This symposium will tell their stories and that of the Portuguese Consul-General in Bordeaux, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who disobeyed orders and issued an estimated 30,000 visas to Jewish refugees.

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Renowned historian Fritz Stern and author Elisabeth Sifton present their book on two of the Nazi regime’s most courageous and admirable opponents: the pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his close friend and brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi.

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The orchestra takes its name from the Jakobsplatz Jewish Cultural Center in Munich, and is dedicated to fostering the presence and resurgence of Jewish culture in Europe, specifically in Germany.

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Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich, directed by Daniel Grossmann, makes its New York debut at Symphony Space on Monday October 21, 2013. The concert features music by Mendelssohn, Klein, Mahler, and Schulhoff. LBI is proud to be a cultural sponsor of this concert.  Unfortunately, the ticket giveaway is now closed. Founded by conductor Daniel Grossmann in 2005, the orchestra takes…

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New York audiences will soon have their first opportunity to see plays written and performed during the Holocaust that have been lost for over 60 years.

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Leo Baeck Institute is pleased to host this symposium and panel discussion presented by the Ciric Law Firm and the Holocaust Art Restitution project. Accreditation as a Continuing Legal Education course for attorneys is pending, but interested members of the public, especially arts and museum professionals, are also invited to attend.

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“Transcending Tradition” presents the life and work of Jewish mathematicians in Germany. Join us for the exhibit opening featuring mathematician Peter Lax, historian Moritz Epple, and a performance by the Momenta Quartet.

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Born in Manhattan and raised in East Berlin, Irene Runge reflects in her new memoir on how the diversity and urbanity of Jewish life in her native city helped form her sense of Jewish identity and community in Berlin, before and after the fall of the wall.

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The Chelsea Music Festival returns to LBI with an evening of music devoted to the Mendelssohn siblings that focuses on their music and their unique friendship as reflected in their letters.

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AJHS, ASF, LBI and YIVO will be selling duplicate copies of books from their library collections, including memoirs, biographies, World War II, the Science of Judaism, collected works, academic studies, literature, art and photography.

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Cantor Schmuel Barzilai

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The Austrian Cultural Forum, in collaboration with the Leo Baeck Institute, is pleased to present the Chief Cantor of the Viennese Jewish Community, Shmuel Barzilai, in recital with pianist Daniel Gildar.

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Professor Julius H. Schoeps will introduce a new English edition of the classic book Jews in Berlin, and Anne Nelson will discuss an edition of essays by Kurt Tucholsky, in English for the first time.

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YIVO and LBI present a concert of masterpieces by Jewish composers who were influenced by German musical culture: Mendelssohn, Mahler, Kurt Weill, Schoenberg, Louis Lewandowski, Anton Rubinstein, Joel Engel, Paul Ben Haim and Tzvi Avni.

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Join us for a lively discussion about “Jewishness” and its meaning in popular culture in Central Europe between the wars and the screening of a rarely seen Hungarian romantic comedy, A Borrowed Castle (1937, dir. Ladislao Vajda).

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"Ari Heißt Löwe",  the autobiography of Ari Rath, Zsolnay Verlag, Munich, 2012, in German.

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Ari Rath left Austria for Palestine when he was 13 years old and became the editor-in-chief and publisher of the Jerusalem Post. He discusses his new memoir with special guest Wolf Blitzer.

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Professor Michael Brenner explains how Jews were instrumental in shaping the traditions and character of Germany’s third largest city, from Löwenbräu beer to the top purveyor of Lederhosen and Dirndl to the city’s champion soccer club.

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