The historian Gershom Scholem has often been seen as a solitary figure who followed a lonely path to discovering the secrets of the Kabbalah. But in the crucial years before Scholem left Germany for British Mandate Palestine in 1923, he was deeply engaged in intellectual and social relationships that are critical for understanding his biography. Lecture by David Biale (UC Davis).
One of the jewels of the collection of the National Library of Israel is Ms. Heb. 8o6527, a stunningly illuminated High-Holiday Mahzor from the second quarter of the fourteenth century. Librarians and curators have long sought ways to provide access to unique works like this, which remain untouchable when exhibited and offer none of the physical pleasures of books when digitized. World-class craftsmen like Michael and Linda Falter of Facsimile Editions offer yet another solution: the production of facsimiles of important manuscripts as a one-to-one reproduction, designed to imitate the original down to the last detail. The event will focus on the Falters’ stunning recreation of the Catalan Mahzor as well as the original book’s remarkable journey.
Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau will accept the Leo Baeck Medal during a special evening at the Center for Jewish History in New York. Join us when we honor a tireless advocate for justice and a champion for preserving Jewish memory.
In his early works, Luther discouraged mistreatment of the Jews and advocated their conversion by proving that the Old Testament could be shown to speak of Jesus Christ. As the Reformation continued, Luther lost hope in large-scale Jewish conversion to Christianity and grew more and more hostile toward the Jews.
Ismar Schorsch, former President of the Leo Baeck Institute, will engage in conversation with David Ellenson about the former’s newly published book, a biography of 19th century academic Leopold Zunz.
The Kindertransport (“children’s transports”) is a remarkable story to arise out of the horrors of the Holocaust. Over 10,000 mostly Jewish children could be rescued, because their parents were willing to separate from them. Lilly Maier, Fulbright scholar, historian, and journalist, has researched the history of the Kindertransport for years and interviewed dozens of adults all over the United States who once were the young protagonists of these children’s transports. In this lecture, she will highlight the history and long-term effects of the intervention.