Leo Baeck Medal

Leo Baeck Medal for Robert M. Morgenthau

At the LBI’s Annual Award Dinner on November 17, 2016 at the Center for Jewish History, friends, family, and colleagues gathered to honor Robert M. Morgenthau with the Leo Baeck Medal for a lifetime of public service. Director Emeritus of the Museum of Jewish Heritage David Marwell offered an appreciation that began with the Morgenthau family’s German-Jewish roots and encompassed the family’s century-long tradition of public service, including Robert Morgenthau’s legendary career as a prosecutor who used the law to protect the vulnerable and hold power to account. As Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, David Marwell worked closely with the museum’s Founding Chairman, Robert Morgenthau, on a major expansion in 2003. On the occasion of the award of the Leo Baeck Medal to Morgenthau, he reflected on aspects of Morgenthau’s life, work and personality.

Jewish Continuity in the 21st Century: Stuart Eizenstat on “The Future of the Jews”

Before accepting the Leo Baeck Medal on January 14, 2014, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat delivered the 56th Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture, in which he addressed how the imperative to honor the victims of the Holocaust informs the challenges facing the current global Jewish community. In a wide-ranging survey of issues facing Jewish communities today, he addressed…

Leo Baeck Medal for Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat

At the LBI Annual Award Dinner, Jewish Museum Berlin Director W. Michael Blumenthal presented Stuart Eizenstat with the Leo Baeck Medal for his work on behalf of Holocaust survivors.

Margarethe von Trotta: Acceptance of the 2012 Leo Baeck Medal

German film director Margarethe von Trotta accepted the Leo Baeck Medal on November 28, 2012 at the Leo Baeck Institutes annual gala award dinner in New York City.

Ambassador Peter Ammon: Laudatio for Margarethe von Trotta, Recipient of the 2012 Leo Baeck Medal

“We are meeting tonight in New York City in the year 2012, with the world around us looking dangerous again, where in many parts of the world trust and traditional truths are being replaced by uncertainty….”

German Ambassador Peter Ammon Presents 2012 Leo Baeck Medal to Margarethe von Trotta

Peter Ammon presents the Leo Baeck Medal to Margarethe von Trotta in New York on November 28, 2012

On November 28, 2012, German Ambassador Peter Ammon awarded the Leo Baeck Medal to German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta.

2012 Leo Baeck Medal Awarded to Artist Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer and Guido Westerwelle

On December 12, 2011, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle awarded the Leo Baeck Medal to German Artist Anselm Kiefer during the annual Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Diner at the Waldorf≈Astoria in New York.

Leo Baeck Medal for Kurt Masur

German conductor Kurt Masur accepted the Leo Baeck Medal on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Maestro Masur is one of the most widely acclaimed musicians of his generation and played a key role in the peaceful revolution that toppled the East German regime in 1989.

Chancellor Angela Merkel: LBI Archives “An important starting point for shaping our common future”

Accepting the Leo Baeck Medal, Chancellor Merkel called the honor an “incentive and obligation to remain constant in my commitment to building a harmonious relationship with the Jewish community,” and lauded the Leo Baeck Institute for its work preserving the history of German-Jewry.

W. Michael Blumenthal: Laudatio for Chancellor Angela Merkel

On September 21, 2010, former US Secretary of the Treasury and current director of the Jewish Museum Berlin W. Michael Blumenthal presented Chancellor Angela Merkel with the Leo Baeck Medal.