Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem

For the Study of the History and Culture
of German-Speaking Jewry

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 and its Berlin branch, 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
Tel: 02-563 37 90
Fax: 02-566 95 05

Email: leobaeck@netvision.net.il

Opening Hours:

Sun - Thurs: 8.00-13.00
Afternoon: by appointment

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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.


Scholarship and Prizes

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Executive Committee of the LBI Jerusalem

Prof. Steven Aschheim

Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Prof. Shmuel Feiner, Chair

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

Prof. Yossi Mali Hebrew University, Jerualem

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

Mr. Shimon Stein Former Israel ambassador in Germany

Dr. Itzchak Steiner

Treasurer Leo Baeck Institute International

Prof.  Yfaat Weiss

Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Mr. Usi Werner

Irgun Yotzei Merkaz Europa

Mr. David Witztum Israel Television