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.


Eighth ‘Snapshot of German-Jewish History and Culture’

Cover ‘Jüdischer Jugendkalender’ (1934) designed by Kurt Arndt (aged 17)

Our eighth ‘Snapshot of German-Jewish History and Culture’ is now online. Please click here to view the full post: A Compass for a German-Jewish Childhood: Emil Bernhard Cohn’s Jüdischer Jugendkalender 1934 (Almanac for Jewish Youth).

This Snapshot offers a glimpse into the world of German-Jewish children’s literature in 1920s and 30s Germany by looking at the directional, innovative and visually beautiful Jüdischer Jugendkalender (Almanac for Jewish Youth). Compiled and much contributed to by the energetic scholar, author, playwright and rabbi Emil Bernhard Cohn, the series was published from 1928-36 and reflected the changing fate of German Jews during this time.

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:

Our Facebook page (Leo Baeck Institute London)Instagram (@leobaeckinstitutelondon),
and Twitter (@lbi_london).


International Digital Workshop | Lichtenberg-Kolleg Göttingen & Leo Baeck Institute London



Following Aleida Assmann’s description of the archive as potential memory or as material precondition for future cultural memories, the workshop seeks to combine perspectives from memory studies, archival science and Jewish history.
While unlocking the potentials of archival sources, scholarship on European-Jewish history in the 20th century is confronted with the challenge of transferring scattered, forgotten or otherwise inaccessible archives into scholarly and public discourse. Ambitious projects like the complete edition and English translation of the Ringelblum-Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto attest to this challenge. Our workshop addresses questions that arise from these transfer processes between archive and memory.

What are the criteria and the agents involved in selecting and interpreting the documents? Which (scholarly, technical, artistic) means are available to make them accessible? How can the history of scattered Jewish collections be traced back through time and space? What is the relationship between individual contribution and collective memory? To what extend do these studies have a political relevance for current discourses on European-Jewish history?

The workshop is organized by Dr. Weronika Romanik and Dr. Sebastian Schirrmeister, Moritz Stern Early Career Fellows for Modern Jewish Studies, and Prof. Dr. Birgit Erdle, Senior Fellow-in Residence at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, in cooperation with Dr. Martina Mampieri, Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University Jerusalem.





Coordination: Dr. Kora Baumbach

Tech support: Jan-Wilke Brandt

Hosted by Lichtenberg-Kolleg, The Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study in collaboration with Leo Baeck Institute London.



To participate in this workshop, please use the following Zoom meeting registration link: https://uni-goettingen.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkde2gqjkoHtJmIdDWq0OZt8sLvijNvTjH

Upon completing the registration, you will receive an email with individual access to the meeting.



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LBI Film Club

Shalom Bollywood – The Untold Story of Indian Cinema

‘Shalom Bollywood – The Untold Story of Indian Cinema’ (2017)

Welcome to another screening at the LBI Film Club! Thanks to the enthusiastic response from so many film lovers among you, this online project is here to stay, and we hope that you will continue to enjoy our selection of interesting and thought-provoking films linked to the immensely diverse, rich and multi-faceted Jewish experience.

The LBI Film Club’s fifth offering is:

Shalom Bollywood – The Untold Story of Indian Cinema (Australia, 2017)

Shalom Bollywood reveals the unlikely story of the 2000-year-old Indian-Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world’s largest film industry. When Indian cinema began 100 years ago it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on screen, so Indian Jewish women took on female lead roles, which they dominated for decades. The film focuses on the lives of five of the great Jewish actors. Infused with music and dancing, the vibrant and spirited documentary unabashedly oozes Bollywood as it uses film motifs to drive the narrative.

Please click here to view the full description and for step-by-step instructions on how to watch the film offering.

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!



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