Recording of the second lecture of the Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2018/19

Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2018/19: ‘Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams’

We are happy to announce that the recording of the second lecture in the series, Dr Ruth Oren’s ‘Coming back to History’: The Jewish Image in Landscape Photographs of ‘Eretz-Israel’, 1898-1961, is now online.

To listen, please click here.

Third German-Israeli Archival Exchange Colloquium 2019/2020 “Encounters”

We are pleased to announce that the Institute for the History of the German Jews in Hamburg is organizing the German-Israeli archival Exchange Colloquium “Encounters” in cooperation with Tel Aviv University. The seminar is aimed at talented junior scholars in the initial phase of their PhD-project. Five German and five Israeli PhD-students will be given the the chance to intently discuss their projects in the research fields of German or German-Jewish history, Holocaust Studies, History of Zionism and of Israel, and history of German-Israeli relations in a workshop-atmosphere.

Within the framework of the Archival exchange Colloquium the students are going to visit different archives in both countries under which there will be the Leo Baeck Institute archive in Berlin and Jerusalem.

For more information and to apply, please refer to the announcement here.

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Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series London, 2018/19

Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams

A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

This season’s topic will explore the agency of Jews within the networks shaping visual culture. Spanning from the middle ages to the present, and across a range of different media, it will focus on the point of intersection of Art by Jews with Art about Jews and the complex interplay of Jewish reactions to their depiction in Western art and Gentile attitudes towards Jewish visual culture. How do Jews respond and attempt to re-shape their images, stereotyped by the majority societies surrounding them? How does Jewish material culture them? How does Jewish material culture influence Western visual culture, and how were Jews entangled with the art world?

For more information on the lecture series please refer to the leaflet here

Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, Leo Baeck Institute London) has pleasure in inviting you to the second lecture in the series:


Dr Ruth Oren

(University of Haifa, Israel)

‘Coming back to History’ – The Jewish Image in Landscape Photographs of ‘Eretz-Israel’, 1898- 1961

6.30pm, 6 December 2018

The visual presentation about Zionist landscape photography in Palestine (Eretz-Israel), from its beginning in 1898 until 1961, explores the ‘returning’ of the Jews to modern history and geography and the formation of the ‘mental landscape’ of Israel as it was created in the Zionist photographic narrative. Landscape photography, produced and consumed within the National Zionist Institutions, created a utopian image of the Jewish environment by developing a coherent iconography rooted in the hegemonic ideology of cultivating and ‘building’ a country for the Jewish nation.

Ruth Oren’s academic and artistic work ranges from photography to visual communication. She has been a lecturer at the University of Haifa and other academic colleges and has published widely on the history of Israeli photography and Zionist imagery. Dr Oren has curated numerous exhibitions on photography, such as ‘Local memory – Photography in Haifa 1912-1949’ (Haifa, 1998) and ‘Zoltan Kluger, Chief Photographer 1933-1958’ (Tel Aviv, 2008).


Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.

Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email or phone 020 7882 5690).

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