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Alice Urbach's Stolen Cookbook

Alice Urbach was a single working mother of two whose cookbook So kocht man in Wien! was a bestseller until it was stolen during the Holocaust.

Rare Books

Jewish Calendars

The LBI Library has in its collection hundreds of Jewish calendars published from as early as 1754 to the 21st century.

Restituted Books

Biochemist Prof. Carl Neuberg

In 2013, the Central and Regional Library of Berlin (ZLB) restituted 40 volumes from biochemist Prof. Carl Neuberg’s former library. His granddaughters transfered them to the library of the LBI NY.


A Visit to the German Literature Archive in Marbach

This June, I visited the German Literature Archive in Marbach (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach – DLA), where I gave a talk about traces of emigrant libraries in the collections of the LBI and spent a week learning about the activities and holdings of the leading repository of sources related to German-language …

Restituted Books

Rabbi Ignatz Isaac Bick

Two books were restituted from the library of the Frankfurt Rabbi Ignatz Isaac Bick (1891-1965?) by the State and University Library Hamburg. His heirs donated them to the Leo Baeck Institute Library.



A culinary journey into LBI's rich collections of cookbooks & handwritten recipes of German-Jewish Leckerbissen.


Progress Filling Gaps in Frankfurt Wissenschaft des Judentums Collection

LBI collaborates with the Frankfurt University Library in Germany to digitally recreate what was the largest collection of books on the Wissenschaft des Judentums before it was scattered in WWII.


LBI Materials Now Searchable in More Global Databases

The Leo Baeck Institute is now collaborating with Judaica Europeana, Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, Worldcat and the Digital Public Library of America to make its holding even more accessible.

Staff Directory

Renate Evers

Renate Evers has been working as LBI's Director of Collections since 2016 in order to coordinate the efforts of the three collection departments at the Leo Baeck Institute – archives, art, and library. Prior to this appointment, she worked as LBI's Head Librarian for almost 14 years and as an …


Jewish News and Community in Shanghai

German-speaking Jewish refugees in Shanghai documented their lives in exile in a small number of newspapers and journals.