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The Leo Baeck Institute wishes Shana Tova to all who celebrate! May this year be filled with good health, happiness, and peace.

The Institute will be closed on Friday, 15 September for Rosh Hashanah and on Monday, 25 September for Yom Kippur. We wish you the very best for the holidays!

Image: Rosh Hashanah Postcard (from around the 1920s) courtesy of the Jewish Museum, London. You can learn more about the history of Jewish New Year Postcards and the museum’s collection here.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2024 Leo Baeck Institute Year Book Essay Prize is Matthew Johnson for his article Off-Translation: Bertha Pappenheim’s Yiddish-German. The article will be published early, in our 2023 volume of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book.

The Leo Baeck Institute London warmly welcomes its new director, Dr Joseph Cronin. Dr Cronin took up the post on 1 September and we look forward to a dynamic new era for the Institute under his leadership.

On this day, the Leo Baeck Institute London commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rabbi Leo Baeck (1873-1956), a remarkable individual whose life and teachings continue to resonate with people around the world. As we reflect on his enduring legacy, we honour his profound impact on Jewish thought, his tireless pursuit of social justice, and his unwavering commitment to dialogue and understanding.

The below articles from the second edition of the Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook (1957) were published shortly after his death and give deep insight into Leo Baeck’s life and work.

 

New Innovative Project: "Have you seen this book?" combines a virtual online campaign with parallel physical exhibitions addressing both the Nazi theft and the rescue of a German-Jewish library. This collaborative initiative of the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem and the Leo Baeck Institute London is funded by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) and the German Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF).

It is with great sadness that we record the death of our former Chairman and Honorary Lifetime President, Professor Peter Pulzer.

 

Against the Current

We mourn the passing of Peter G. J. Pulzer, pioneering scholar of antisemitism and former chair of the Leo Baeck Institute London.