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Germany Honors Ronald B. Sobel

Consul General Brita Wagener and Rabbi Dr. Ronald B. Sobel, president of the Leo Baeck Institute (© Christophe Avril)

On October 7, 2015, Ronald B. Sobel, president of the Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin, was presented with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by Consul General Brita Wagener.

Arthur Obermayer Honored those who Honor Jewish Memory in Germany

Marlis Glaser, Portrait of Dr. Arthur S. Obermayer, oil on canvas, 2015. Photograph courtesy of Karl Branz, Attenweiler.

On January 10, 2016, Arthur S. Obermayer passed away. Obermayer, an entrepreneur and philanthropist based in the Boston area, had dedicated the later years of his life to strengthening and honoring German-Jewish relations. In 2000, he founded the Obermayer German-Jewish History Awards.

In Memoriam: Hans George Hirsch

Manuscript of a speech held by Hans George Hirsch in honor of his father, Otto Hirsch, held in Stuttgart at the father's 100th birthday in 1985.

Hans George Hirsch, longtime member of the Board of the Leo Baeck Institute, died on December 15, 2015. In the words of William H. Weitzer, Hirsch had been “a bedrock supporter and advisor to the LBI.” Hirsch was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1916.

Moses Mendelssohn Award for Michael A. Meyer

Michael Meyer (c) with Ronald B. Sobel and Joan C. Lessing

As the Leo Baeck Institute celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015, LBI president Ronald B. Sobel and board member Joan C. Lessing presented the Moses Mendelssohn Award to historian Michael A. Meyer for his scholarly achievements.

Carol Kahn Strauss Thanked for Two Decades of Leadership

Carol Kahn Strauss

At the Annual Award Dinner, LBI President Ronald B. Sobel recognized former International Director Carol Kahn Strauss, who retired at the end of 2015 after 21 years of service.

Leo Baeck Medal for Eric R. Kandel

Eric Kandel

The Vienna-born scientist was honored for his contributions to the understanding of memory, both in the lab and as applied to the tumultuous history of the 20th century. The laureate, as Ronald B. Sobel, president of the Leo Baeck Institute emphasized, was, “with all of his other gifts, a magnificent mensch”.

Staff Transitions at Leo Baeck Institute

Featured Image Staff Transitions

Long-time staff have moved into new roles in order to better manage LBI’s growing collections, and new staff will help expand access and awareness of LBI collections.

Leo Baeck Institute Featured at Deutscher Verein Dinner

LBI President Emeritus Ismar Schorsch (l) with Jürgen Ostertag, a Stuttgart native and New York-based attorney who is the president of one of the city’s oldest social clubs, Deutscher Verein.

LBI President Emeritus Ismar Schorsch attended the Deutscher Verein’s annual dinner at the Union Club on September 9, 2015 to give a lecture that reflected on both the 60th anniversary of the Leo Baeck Institute and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel.

Bures Praises Young Volunteers behind LBI’s Austrian Heritage Collection

Simeon Gozivoda (l.) and Jan Dreer with Doris Bures at Leo Baeck Institute,
New York, where the young volunteers shared examples of their work with the
Social Democratic politician.

Doris Bures, the President of the National Council of Austria (the upper house of Austria’s parliament) visited LBI in New York on August 27, 2015 to learn about the Institute and meet two young volunteers who are working to document stories of Austrian refugees in lieu of their mandatory military service in Austria.

Family Matters—Fourth Generation of Bambergers Introduced to LBI

The Bambergers—Back row: Gabrielle, Sarah, Kenneth, Michael; 3rd row: Max, Isaiah, Kristin, 
Madeleine, Phylis; 2nd row: Quinn, Niva, Ella; 1st row: Ezra

When LBI Vice President Michael Bamberger brought the youngest generation of his extended family to the Leo Baeck Institute on a mid-summer morning in 2015, he was continuing a long tradition of family involvement with the Institute.