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.

From Gleiwitz to Shanghai, Digitized Periodicals offer Snapshots of Jewish Life

A selection of periodicals digitized by Leo Baeck Institute

The LBI Library is pleased to announce that about 60 new periodicals are already available online through DigiBaeck and Internet Archive, with about 40 further periodicals in process. Among the rare items now available are 20th -century newsletters from various Jewish communities in Germany, Austria, and other German-speaking areas. Other highlights include publications from German-Jewish…

Destination Shanghai: The Jewish Community of Shanghai, 1936-1949

David L. Bloch, Self Portrait in a Rickshaw, watercolor, 1943

June 19 – September 21, 2012 LBI’s new exhibition looks at life in Shanghai’s Jewish Ghetto, the last refuge for almost 20,000 German and Austrian Jews between 1936 and 1941. Shanghai was virtually the last destination for European Jews where visas were not required.

Seder Hagadah Shel Pesah, Amsterdam, 1711

Offenbacher Haggadah

The Offenbach Haggadah was commissioned by Dr. Siegfried Guggenheim (1873-1961) an attorney and avid collector of rare books in Offenbach, near Frankfurt. The type designer Rudolf Koch created new fonts and the painter Fritz Kredel, a student of Koch’s, illustrated the new Haggadah inspired by the first Offenbach Haggadah which was printed in 1772. The…

Inaugural Moses Mendelssohn Award for Critical Thinking Awarded to Henry Kissinger


On December 12, 2011, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle awarded the inaugural Moses Mendelssohn Award for Critical Thinking to former Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger during the annual Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Diner at the Waldorf≈Astoria in New York. Westerwelle lauded Kissinger as an “indispensable pillar of the transatlantic friendship.”  “Henry Kissinger…

German and Austrian Émigré Musicians

Bruno Walter, Conductor, 1876 - 1962

As Leo Baeck Institute honors Maestro Kurt Masur, who left such an enduring imprint on cultural and political life in both Leipzig and New York, we present a selection of documents from LBI Archives related to émigré composers and musicians who also shaped musical culture on both sides of the Atlantic a generation before him.

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