Past Events

Leo Baeck Institute and The Asia Society present a lecture by Paul Mendes-Flohr about the fascinating relationship between German-Jewish intellectuals Albert Einstein and Martin Buber and the Bengal Poet Rabindranath Tagore.

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The authors of “Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust ” will present their new book at LBI. A family’s recently-discovered correspondence provides the inspiration for this fascinating and deeply-moving account of Jewish family life before, during and after the Holocaust.

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A day of discussion and debate devoted to exploring the wrings and legacy of Moses Mendelssohn, the 18th-century founder of modern Jewish thought. A group of international scholars will highlight recent scholarship related to contemporary issues in religion, secularism, politics, culture, language and identity.

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Leo Baeck Institute and The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College will present a day-long conference on German-Jewish immigration and presence in New York City on May 5, 2011. Panelists including distinguished scholars, authors of fiction and poetry, and filmmakers will discuss the impact that German-speaking Jews had on the city.

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Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer appointed an independent commission to investigate the role of the German Foreign Office during the Nazi Regime. He and one of the commission members, Dr. Norbert Frei, will discuss the initiative and the results of the investigation.

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Michael Brenner, of the University of Munich discussed research from his new book “Prophets of the Past.” “Prophets” is the first book to examine in depth how modern Jewish historians have interpreted Jewish history. Brenner reveals that perhaps no other group has used their shared history for so many different ideological and political purposes as the Jews.

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