Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem

What we are
Where we are
The Three Centers
 Scholarship and Prizes
Executive Committee


What we are

Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem is one of the three centers of Leo Baeck Institute which was founded by Jews of German origin, the last generation of a thousand years old Jewish community. Its purpose is the research of the history and culture of Jews in Germany and other German speaking countries.

The institute was established in 1955 by the "Council of Jews from Germany" and is named in honor of Rabbi Leo Baeck, the last representative of German speaking Jewry and its prominent leader before and during the Shoa.

The Institute works through three centers - in Jerusalem, London and New York, an office of the Freunde und Foerderer des Leo Baeck Institutes in Frankfurt and the Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo Baeck Instituts in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

The Holocaust brought the history of German Jewry to an abrupt end; therefore, its last generation finding itself in a unique historical situation, felt itself obliged to preserve the memory and the spiritual values created by this Jewish community and to pass on its cultural heritage to future generations.

Where we are

Leo Baeck Institute
Bustenai St. 33, Jerusalem
Tel. +972-2-563 37 90
Fax +972-2-566 95 05

E-mail: leobaeck@netvision.net.il

For more details on how to get to us from the entry of the city (from the direction of Tel Aviv) click here.


Anybody can become a member of the Leo Baeck Institute. Members can get the Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook and/or the Juedische Almanach, depending on the kind of Membership they involve in.

For more details, please click our membership page

The Three Centers

Although the task of all three centers is basically the same, each center has developed its own particular activities in the course of time.

LBI New-York Center, has in its library and archive one of the largest collections of documents concerning German Jewry.

15 West 16th St.
New York, NY 10011

LBI London publishes the Yearbook and maintains inter-alia contact with European scholars. LBI Jerusalem is responsible for the publication of the Juedischer Almanach and books in Hebrew and German. It advances studies of the History of Middle European Jewry at the Israeli Universities and encourages new generations of historians researching Jewish-German history.

All three centers regularly hold local and international conferences on a large variety of themes.


Doctoral Theses

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Scholarship and Prizes

The Leo Baeck Institute awards different scholarships and prizes for students registered at Israeli Universities and institutes of higher learning


Students and scholars who perform research work on German Jewry may join the circle of the doktoranden.


Executive Committee of the LBI Jerusalem

Prof. Steven Aschheim

Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Prof. Zwi Bacharach

Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan

Prof. David Bankier

Hebrew University Jerusalem, Yad Vashem Jerusalem

Prof. Shmuel Feiner

Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan

Dr. Rachel Freudenthal

Alma College Tel Aviv

Prof. Dov Kulka

Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Prof. Hagit Lavsky

Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Prof. Robert Liberles

Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva

Mr. Shlomo Mayer

Director of LBI Jerusalem

Dr. Guy Miron

Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

Prof. Paul Mendes-Flohr

Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Dr. Alon Rachamimov

Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv

Prof. Zohar Shavit

Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv

Dr. Itzchak Steiner


Prof.  Yfaat Weiss

Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Mr. Usi Werner