Projects

Conferences in Germany 2016: “1938: Forced Migration and Flight” and “Jews in the GDR”

11/10/88 Berlin: Groundbreaking Ceremony with Erich Honecker for the reconstruction of the new Synagogue Berlin, which was defiled in the pogrom ("The Night of Broken Glass") and later destroyed.

LBI co-sponsored two conferences in Germany in fall 2016: The conferences in Leipzig and Berlin took a fresh look at two chapters of German Jewish history—forced migration, specifically in the year of 1938, and Jewish life in the GDR.

“German and Jewish”— A traveling Exhibition by Leo Baeck Institute in Germany

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In recent years, the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) has increasingly worked to support the engagement of modern German society with German Jewish history—especially from the perspective of the émigré community that built the LBI’s rich collections. The new traveling exhibit, “German and Jewish” takes this a step further. The objects in the exhibition are returning for the first time to the land that their owners left the better part of a century ago.

Promoting the Braunschweig Region as Cradle of Modern Jewish Studies

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The banker Israel Jacobson (1768–1828) founded a school that became the first in Germany to educate both Jewish and Christian pupils. It was one of the first educational institutions to emerge from the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment, and Israel Jacobson became a leader in the Jewish Reform movement. The Israel Jacobson Network, founded in April 2016 by representatives of 30 academic, cultural, business, and political institutions, promotes public awareness of the unique achievements of the remarkable citizens of the region. The founders of the network made it their goal to promote interest in Jewish history and culture through the creative use of historic sites.

Milestone in the Reconstruction of the Freimann Collection

Employees of the LBI and the Center for Jewish History who worked on the reconstruction of the Freimann Collection. (From left) Ilya Slavutskiy, Renate Evers,
Rachel Miller, Laura Leone, Moriah Amit, Lauren Paustian, Tracey Felder, Tim Conley, Eric Fritzler, Leanora Lange, Erica Magrey, Jennifer Rodewald. Not pictured: Ginger Barna, Albina Leibman-Klix, Shayna Marchese, Satoshi Tsuchiyama, Gloria Machnowski. Felder is holding an edition of the catalog published by Aron
Freimann (inset) in 1932, which formed the basis for the team’s work.

The Library of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt added the 10,000th title to the Freimann Collection of books related to the Wissenschaft des Judentums. The LBI Library and the Center for Jewish History (CJH) have been working for years to help Frankfurt virtually reconstruct a foundational collection for Jewish studies that was once thought lost forever.

Family of Rare Book Donor Visits LBI

(l-r) Columbia University historian Elisheva Carlebach; President & CEO of the Center for Jewish History, Joel Levy; Playwright Peter Wortsman; Frank Herz's daughter-in-law, Janet Stahl; Herz's grand-daughter, Dana Stahl-Herz; and Herz's son David Herz.

This spring, an exhibition in the David Berg Rare Book Room at the Center for Jewish History displayed rare books from the collection of Frank L. Herz. The works on display included Johannes Reuchlin’s Augenspiegel from 1511, one of the earliest treatises against antisemitism and intolerance. Descendents of Herz who attended the exhibition opening were moved seeing the collection of their father, father-in-law, and grandfather being presented to the public.

Descendants of Expropriated Berlin Families Gather for Exhibition Opening

Eugenie Fuchs, "Winter Landscape", Oil on Canvas, 1931. Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Inv.-Nr. SM 2014-0449

Before the opening reception in late March for the new exhibit, Stolen Heart: The Theft of Jewish Property in Berlin’s Historic City Center, 1933–1945, some very special guests met to share how the expropriation of Berlin’s Jews had touched their own families’ lives.

A New Online Presence for the Leo Baeck Institute(s)

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Since 2010, LBI staff in New York have engaged with donors, scholars, genealogists, and others on the Institute’s Facebook page. In June, LBI will launch a new Facebook presence that better represents the overlapping missions of the Leo Baeck Institutes in New York, London, and Jerusalem, as well as LBI – New York’s new office in Berlin.

Digitization and Beyond: LBI Staff Report on Library and Archives Trends

Conferences like the 6th International Library Congress in Leipzig, Germany, attended by Renate
Evers, offer new perspectives, opportunities to
exchange lessons learned and insights into the latest developments in the field of librarianship.

LBI Library staff Renate Evers, Ginger Barna, Tracey Felder and Lauren Paustian engaged with current issues and developments in librarianship at several conferences in 2015 and 2016.

Rare Painting by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim Shown at LBI

Freitag Abend [Friday Evening Blessing], by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim

Freitag Abend [Friday Evening Blessing], an atmospheric painting from 1867 by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, was put on display by LBI at the Center for Jewish History from November 8–20, 2015.

LBI Contributes Paper to UN Holocaust Outreach Program

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How has the Leo Baeck Institute contributed to the remembrance of the Holocaust and its victims? Executive Director of the LBI, William H. Weitzer, discussed this question in a recent contribution to the United Nations Discussion Paper Series of the UN Holocaust Outreach Program.