The dream of refuge from antisemitism, freedom from the arbitrary dictates of despots, and a place for Jewish religion and culture to flourish gained in popularity in the context of 19th-century discrimination against Jews. Yet some of the most potent and enduring expressions of the Zionist vision emanated from assimilated Jews in cities like Vienna and Berlin, where Jews enjoyed unprecedented rights and prosperity in this period. Zionism took on a new importance for Central European Jewry when the rise of the Nazi party encouraged many to consider emigration to Palestine. The exhibition Zionismus calls on books, periodicals, correspondence, and photographs from the collections of Leo Baeck Institute to trace the transformation of Zionism from a utopian dream to matter of survival for German-speaking Jews. After traveling around the US as a poster exhibition, Zionismus will return to the LBI, where the original objects will be placed on display for the first time.
Economic historian Harold James (Princeton) will talk about the methods and aftermath of the Nazi expropriation of Jews at a reception for the opening of an exhibition that traces the emblematic stories of five Jewish families in Berlin’s historic center.
LBI President Emeritus and Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary Dr. Ismar Schorsch will provide introductory remarks at the opening of this LBI-curated exhibition at the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York City.
One of the earliest controversies in Jewish-Christian relations was the 16th-century debate over whether Jews should be allowed to publish books on Jewish theology. Elisheva Carlebach (Columbia University) will speak about Johann Reuchlin, a humanist German scholar who defended Jewish publishing, at the opening of an exhibition of books related to the controversy.
A new exhibit, “Allied in the Fight,” on display in The David Berg Rare Book Room at the Center for Jewish History recounts the efforts made by American Jews and African Americans to fight for the fundamental American promise of equality before and during the Civil Rights era. Additionally, “Rosenwald,” a film by Aviva Kempner, tells the remarkable story of a Jewish partnership with African American communities.
The Wissenschaft des Judentums, launched by Jewish scholars in 19th century Germany, brought worldly disciplines like history, philology, and anthropology to bear on the sacred texts and rites of Judaism. This enterprise not only formed the basis of modern academic Jewish studies, but also shaped the manifold understanding and practice of Judaism as it exists today.
Historian Volker Berghahn’s lecture will accompany LBI’s new exhibition German Jews at the Eastern Front in WWI: Modernism Meets Tradition.
Join LBI at the Conrad B. Duberstein US Bankruptcy Courthouse for a special program on Lawyers without Rights, a traveling exhibition about Jewish lawyers under the Nazi regime.
“Transcending Tradition” presents the life and work of Jewish mathematicians in Germany. Join us for the exhibit opening featuring mathematician Peter Lax, historian Moritz Epple, and a performance by the Momenta Quartet.