Welcome to the LBI London
The Leo Baeck Institute London is devoted to the study of German-Jewish history and culture. The LBI is an independent charity and aims to preserve and research this history by organizing innovative research projects, Fellowship programmes, and public events. Through the lens of German-Jewish history, the Institute seeks to address some of the most topical and timely questions of our times.
The Leo Baeck Institute will be closed on Friday, 18 September for Rosh Hashanah and on Monday, 28 September for Yom Kippur. May we, especially in these uncertain times, wish you the very best for the holidays !
In order to animate and lift the spirit during these uncertain times the Leo Baeck Institute London is once more delighted to invite you to join our LBI Film Club. This online project offers interesting and thought-provoking fiction films linked to the German-Jewish and Israeli experience which we hope you will enjoy.
The LBI Film Club’s third offering is:
The Flat (Israel/Germany, 2011)
The flat on the third floor of a Bauhaus building in Tel Aviv was where Arnon Goldfinger’s grandparents lived since they immigrated to Palestine in the 1930’s. Were it not for the view from the windows, one might have thought that the flat was in Berlin. When his grandmother passed away at the age of 98, the family were called to the flat to clear out what was left. Objects, pictures, letters and documents awaited them, revealing traces of a troubled and unknown past.
Further LBI Film Club screenings will be announced via our LBI website, Facebook page (Leo Baeck Institute London), Instagram (@leobaeckinstitutelondon), and Twitter (@lbi_london) in the future. Please keep checking!
Our fifth ‘Snapshot’ of German-Jewish History and Culture is now online. Please click here to view the full post: Between Renaissance and Revolution: Shlomo Zemach’s “Das jüdische Dorf” (The Jewish Village), 1923.
This item showcases the famous booklet Das jüdische Dorf, an illustrated early socialist Zionst pamphlet advertising life in Mandate-Palestine to Jewish communities in Europe. This, at the time widely circulated, publication was the result of a collaboration of the author and agriculturalist Shlomo Zemach and the photographer Shmuel Yosef Schweig. It promoted a left-wing version of romantic Zionist ideals related to early 20th century agrarianism and labour and was based on a desire to build a better, modern socialist society in the ‘Promised Land’.
The ‘Snapshots’, which attempt to give you an insight into interesting items from our London institute’s collection of rare books and historical pamphlets and which illustrate many facets of the history and culture of Europe’s German speaking Jewry, are also available on our social media outlets such as: