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At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades after immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger undertook the complex process of making sense of the accumulated ephemera of a lifetime.

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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.

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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.

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An event marking the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Jewish life took different paths on either side of the Berlin Wall. In the East, Jews fled or faced East Germany’s anti-religion, anti-Zionist polices. In the West, Jews sought normalcy but lived “with packed suitcases.” A panel discussion featuring leading scholars and…

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German Federal Justice Minister Heiko Maas will discuss the research of an independent commission of historians appointed to investigate how the German Federal Justice Ministry dealt with the Nazi past in the early post-war period.

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The upheaval and mass migrations of WWI led to new encounters between Eastern and Western European Jews, and narrowed the divide between these two cultures. This roundtable examines the consequences of these encounters and the origins of the Jewish East-West division. With Steve Aschheim (Hebrew University), Hasia Diner (NYU), and Anson Rabinbach (Princeton University).

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Jewish immigrants played a central role in transforming San Francisco from a sleepy village to a thriving metropolis. In the process they reinvented themselves as well, becoming a distinctly new kind of Jew – a San Francisco Jew.

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W. Michael Blumenthal escaped from Nazi Germany and became a leading business executive, Secretary of the Treasury , director of the Jewish Museum Belrin, and Leo Baeck Medal winner. He will discuss his extraordinary new memoir at Leo Baeck Institute.

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New York audiences will soon have their first opportunity to see plays written and performed during the Holocaust that have been lost for over 60 years.

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“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.

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This event celebrates the publication of Against the Grain, Jewish Intellectuals in Hard Times, a volume that reveals how Jewish intellectuals from German-speaking Europe reacted to the multiple crises of the 20th century.

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When the Nazis invaded France and the Low Countries, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees from all over Europe poured into neutral Portugal. This symposium will tell their stories and that of the Portuguese Consul-General in Bordeaux, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who disobeyed orders and issued an estimated 30,000 visas to Jewish refugees.

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Renowned historian Fritz Stern and author Elisabeth Sifton present their book on two of the Nazi regime’s most courageous and admirable opponents: the pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his close friend and brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi.

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YIVO and LBI present a concert of masterpieces by Jewish composers who were influenced by German musical culture: Mendelssohn, Mahler, Kurt Weill, Schoenberg, Louis Lewandowski, Anton Rubinstein, Joel Engel, Paul Ben Haim and Tzvi Avni.

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Professor Michael Brenner explains how Jews were instrumental in shaping the traditions and character of Germany’s third largest city, from Löwenbräu beer to the top purveyor of Lederhosen and Dirndl to the city’s champion soccer club.

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