Leo Baeck Institute
The Leo Baeck Institute is devoted to studying the history of German-speaking Jewry from its origins to its tragic destruction by the Nazis and to preserving its culture. Dating back almost 2000 years, when Jews first settled along the Rhine, the Jewish communities of Germany, Austria, and other German-speaking areas of Europe had a history marked by individual as well as collective accomplishments in communal organization and welfare, commerce, industry and politics, the arts and sciences, and in literature, philosophy and theology. To appreciate the impact of German-speaking Jewry in modern times, one need only recall such names as Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka, and Karl Marx.
Founded in 1955, the LBI was named for the rabbi who was the leader of German Jewry during its darkest years. Rabbi Baeck, who survived the concentration camp of Theresienstadt, became the first international president of the institute.
The Institute works through three centers, in Jerusalem, London, and New York.
New York, NY 10011