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.

Walter Nathan—Leaving a Legacy at Leo Baeck Institute

Walter Nathan

A commitment to the importance of history and family led Chicago businessman Walter Nathan to press for a memorial to Jews in his father’s native town in Germany and to include Leo Baeck Institute in his estate planning.

Just Passing Through, but Taking a Stand—Jewish Student Politics in Vienna, 1967–1975

Hermann Teifer was born 1949 in Vienna and studied Theater, Philosophy, Political Science, and Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna, where he earned his doctorate in 1975. He worked as a freelance author in Jerusalem and New York and raised two sons. After his sons left home he studied library science at Queens College and joined LBI as an archivist in 2008.

Hermann Teifer The University of Vienna celebrates its 650th anniversary this year, and the city’s Jewish Museum is marking the occasion with an exhibition that explores the long and tumultuous relationship between Jews and the University. After the expulsion of the Jews from Vienna in 1421, the rubble of the old synagogue was used to…

A Conversation on Jewish Identity With Future Leaders of German Jewry

ELES students during one of the organization’s Auslandsakadamie seminars
in New York.

A group of 14 Jewish students from Germany will spend two days at the Leo Baeck Institute in late October. The college and graduate level students are supported by the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES), a scholarship program funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

Woman in Gold Screening Brings Restitution Lawyer Randol Schoenberg to Center for Jewish History

Randol Schoenberg

Attorney Randol Schoenberg was the guest of honor at a special advance screening of Woman in Gold presented by LBI, the American Jewish Historical Society, and the Center for Jewish History on the eve of its official New York premiere.

Leo Baeck Medal for Ismar Schorsch

Professor Ismar Schorsch (l) with Robert Rifkind (r) and Dr. Ronald B. Sobel at the Center for Jewish History on March 1, 2015

On March 1, 2015, as LBI opened a symposium and exhibit on the 19TH-century German movement that launched the academic study of Judaism, it honored a scholar who exemplifies the movement’s ideals in the 21ST century

Arnon Goldfinger, Director of The Flat

"When Israel was founded, there was the sense that it was necessary to build a new country with new people by cutting off the Diaspora roots. Now people feel that they missed something. Not just among the Ashkenazim, but among the Sephardim as well."  —Arnon Goldfinger

Arnon Goldfinger’s 2011 documentary The Flat explores the mystery of his German-Jewish grandparents’ curious friendship with a Nazi official, Leopold von Mildenstein, which he learns survived even in the shadow of the Holocaust. After a screening of the film at the Center for Jewish History on April 14, 2015, we asked him about archives, loss, and memory.

Gerald Westheimer: A Vision for Scholarship on German-Jewish History

Gerald Westheimer on his first day of school in Berlin at the age of six and at his home in Berkeley, California in 2015.

Gerald Westheimer, born 1924 in Berlin, established the Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellowship in 2008 to support scholarship on the history and culture of German-speaking Jews by offering financial support to recent PhDs early in their faculty careers.