LBI News: a publication of Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin

Since 1960, LBI New York has kept its members informed about LBI activities and collections as well as broader news in the field of German-Jewish History in LBI News. In 2013, Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin relaunched LBI News as an expanded magazine, published three times annually with news about our projects, programs, and collections. LBI News also introduces readers to the people who engage with the legacy of German-Jewish history preserved at LBI—from LBI Board members, staff, and volunteers to scholars, genealogists, citizens, and others.

A subscription to the print edition of LBI News comes with LBI Membership. Back issues to 1960 have been digitized and are available online, while much of the content from recent issues is available below:


LBI News No. 102 | Winter 2016-17

In our winter issue, we present a number of LBI-related projects in Germany: “German and Jewish” is a traveling exhibition that features selected items from our archives that are returning for the first time to the land that their owners left the better part of a century ago, among them chocolate cups from Albert Einstein; the Israel Jacobson Network promotes the Braunschweig region as a cradle of Modern Jewish Studies; the reconstruction of the Freimann Collection at the Library of the Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt reached a new milestone; and two conferences in Leipzig and Berlin take a fresh look at chapters of German Jewish history—forced migration, specifically in the year of 1938, and Jewish life in the GDR. Furthermore, we present to you the Moses Mendelssohn Awardee 2016, Historian Susannah Heschel; we highlight some of the calendars preserved in our archives and we present a new digital music portal which makes the music and the musicians’ stories contained in collections more accessible. Finally, we give an insight into the processing of our archival collections and feature one of them, the new Hans and Eleonore Jonas Collection.

LBI News No. 101 | Summer 2016

This issue presents the collection of mahzors published in Roedelheim that have recently been catalogued by LBI librarian Moriah Amit, and it features so-called Tarnschriften, camouflaged publications, that have been used in Nazi Germany to avoid censorship and that are now preserved in the LBI collection. Tim Corbett, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Jewish History explains how Vienna’s Jewish cemeteries are forgotten yet profound memorials to the city’s history of Jewish life. Also, we hear five success stories of researchers who used LBI material in search for their families’ roots.

LBI News No. 100 | Spring 2016

In this issue, we look back on the Leo Baeck Institute Award Dinner with Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel, Michael A. Meyer gives the 58th Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture and receives the Moses Mendelssohn Award, and field archivist and researcher Julie Dawson reports about her wrap-up of several months of archival survey in Bucharest, Romania.

LBI News No. 99 — Fall 2015

In this issue, a sensational discovery in the LBI Archives stokes the debate on the origins of WWI, an archivist discusses the care and identification of early photographs, and a database of Jewish businesses in Berlin fills a longstanding gap in documentation of the expropriation of Jews by the Nazis.

LBI News No. 98 — Summer 2015

In this issue, a librarian explains how library preservation sometimes means taking books apart, filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger discusses archives, memory, and loss, and a new exhibit looks at the German-Jewish roots of Zionism.

LBI News No. 97 — Spring 2015

In this issue, LBI announces new pilot program for transcriptions of handwritten materials and digitization of photographs, and vision scientist Gerald Westheimer explains why he is supporting fellowships for scholars of German-Jewish history. Plus, a look at some key scholars of the Wissenschaft des Judentums and their works in LBI collections.

LBI News No. 96 — Fall 2014

In this issue, LBI announces the digitization of nearly 100 rare periodicals, Josef Joffe considers the “Golden Age of German Jewry.” Plus, a selection of highlights from LBI Collections related to WWI.

LBI News No. 95 — Summer 2014

In this issue, Federal President Joachim Gauck of Germany accepts the Leo Baeck Medal at LBI’s first award Dinner in Berlin. CJH Conservator Felicity Corkill discusses her work cleaning and repairing a delicate 18th century megillah, and LBI archivists and librarians test out some recipes from the many cookbooks in the library collection.

LBI News No. 94 — Spring 2014

In this issue, Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat accepts the Leo Baeck Medal and talks about the “Future of the Jews.” LBI Board Member Dennis Baum joins a discussion in Berlin about the restitution of looted assets located in the former East Germany, and scholars examine the fates of “half-Jews” in Vienna and the historical context of a tiny water-color painted in Theresienstadt.

LBI News No. 93 — Winter 2013

LBI celebrates the digitization of the emigre journal, Aufbau, with articles looking back on sports coverage in the paper and looking forward to its future as a European monthly. A professor in California teaches research skills and German-Jewish history using LBI’s digital collections. LBI archivists plumb Romanian archives in Transylvania and Bukovina to bring documents related to the German-Jewish communities there to light, and much more…