“We have wandered together a long, long way”—The Hans and Eleonore Jonas Collection

In summer 2016, Ayalah Jonas, the daughter of the philosopher Hans Jonas, donated part of her parents’ library and personal papers to the LBI. The archival collection contains unpublished manuscripts, poems, and drawings by the philosopher Hans Jonas (1903–1993) as well as documents related to the history of the family and a circle of friends including Hannah Arendt.

History by the Foot: Processing Archival Collections at the LBI

It is not unusual for suitcases, banker’s boxes, and even plastic bags containing historical material to be opened for the first time in decades at the LBI. With this article, we take you on a short trip alongside two such suitcases. Adventures in archival processing await!

A Voice Still Heard—Music and Musicians in LBI Collections

A new website highlights the stories of German-Jewish musicians, conductors, and composers based on items in the LBI’s art, archival, and library collections.

“German and Jewish”— A traveling Exhibition by Leo Baeck Institute in Germany

In recent years, the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) has increasingly worked to support the engagement of modern German society with German Jewish history—especially from the perspective of the émigré community that built the LBI’s rich collections. The new traveling exhibit, “German and Jewish” takes this a step further. The objects in the exhibition are returning for the first time to the land that their owners left the better part of a century ago.

Promoting the Braunschweig Region as Cradle of Modern Jewish Studies

The banker Israel Jacobson (1768–1828) founded a school that became the first in Germany to educate both Jewish and Christian pupils. It was one of the first educational institutions to emerge from the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment, and Israel Jacobson became a leader in the Jewish Reform movement. The Israel Jacobson Network, founded in April 2016 by representatives of 30 academic, cultural, business, and political institutions, promotes public awareness of the unique achievements of the remarkable citizens of the region. The founders of the network made it their goal to promote interest in Jewish history and culture through the creative use of historic sites.

Milestone in the Reconstruction of the Freimann Collection

The Library of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt added the 10,000th title to the Freimann Collection of books related to the Wissenschaft des Judentums. The LBI Library and the Center for Jewish History (CJH) have been working for years to help Frankfurt virtually reconstruct a foundational collection for Jewish studies that was once thought lost forever.

Kaffee und Kuchen

LBI staff and volunteers gathered to recognize Arthur Rath (l), an Essen native who has volunteered his services in the LBI library and archives on a weekly basis since his retirement from the Queens Public Library some 20 years ago.

Moses Mendelssohn Award for Historian Susannah Heschel

The LBI honored historian Susannah Heschel with the Moses Mendelssohn Award.

The Jewish Liturgical Year: Calendars in LBI Collections

The LBI library holds hundreds of calendars in German and Hebrew that lay out the same annual rhythms of life and prayer according to the lunisolar calendar for centuries.

LBI Aktuell No. 1 | Herbst – Winter 2016

In unserer ersten Ausgabe von LBI Aktuell stellen wir die Wanderausstellung “Deutsch und Juedisch” vor, mit der ausgewaehlte Stuecke aus dem Archiv des LBI derzeit durch Deutschland reisen. Wir berichten von aktuellen Konferenzen und Workshops in Deutschland, sowie vom neu gegruendeten Israel Jacobson Netzwerk, das es sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, die Braunschweiger Region als Wiege der juedischen Wissenschaft zu foerdern. Sie lesen ausserdem von der Rekonstruktion des Freimann-Katalogs, der Geschichte des Familienunternehmens Simson und unserer neuen Sammlung ueber den in Moenchengladbach geborenen Verantwortungsethiker Hans Jonas und seiner Ehefrau Eleonore Jonas. Schliesslich geben wir Einblick in die Archivierungsprozesse neuen Sammlungsmaterials, erzaehlen von unserer Kooperation mit dem juedischen Begabtenfoerderungswerk Deutschlands und stellen Ihnen den Obermayer-Preis vor, mit dem jedes Jahr Individuen in Deutschland ausgezeichnet werden, die das Erbe deutsch-juedischer Geschichte lebendig halten.