Susannah Heschel will investigate how Abraham Geiger’s and Heinrich Graetz’s accounts of the origins of Christianity and Islam helped forge the cultural climate for German Jews. Through their pioneering studies, they sought not simply an assimilation into German culture and the German academic community for Jews, but something much more radical: a reconfiguration of the map of Western civilization.
Michael Meyer, Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History Emeritus at Hebrew Union College, will survey the history of German-speaking Jews and the Leo Baeck Institute’s efforts to document it in celebration of LBI’s 60th year.
Dr. Josef Joffe will deliver the 57th annual Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the Center for Jewish History, where he will be introduced by Dr. Henry Kissinger. Following the Lecture, Dr. Ronald B. Sobel, President of LBI, will present Dr. Joffe with the Leo Baeck Medal.
Join us in honoring Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, who will accept the Leo Baeck Medal and deliver the 56th Annual Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture during a special evening at the Center for Jewish History in New York City.
Michael Brenner, of the University of Munich discussed research from his new book “Prophets of the Past.” “Prophets” is the first book to examine in depth how modern Jewish historians have interpreted Jewish history. Brenner reveals that perhaps no other group has used their shared history for so many different ideological and political purposes as the Jews.
Professor Jonathan Steinberg is the author of the highly acclaimed new book Bismarck: A Life. Steinberg describes the political genius of the man who dominated his era. Bismarck’s belief in Prussia’s cohesion and authority, and in a nationalism that could be put to good use, ultimately led to Germany’s tragic 20th century.