The Leo Baeck Institute is a research, exhibition, and lecture center with a library and archives that offer comprehensive documentation of German Jewish history. The Institute works through three centers, in Jerusalem, London, and New York, as well as the offices of the Freunde und Foerderer des Leo Baeck Instituts in Frankfurt and the Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo Baeck Instituts in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. The Institute was founded by German Jews, such as Hannah Arendt, Martin Buber, Gershom Scholem, Ernst Simon and Robert Weltsch, following World War II in 1955 as a monument to their history and named after Leo Baeck, 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. Under the leadership of Fred Grubel, the Institute grew to be one of the largest collections about German Jews, visited by officials and scholars from Germany and other parts of the world.


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. Nowadays it is one of the largest independent Jewish research institutions in the world. Its facilities are accessible to everyone. Donations of private foundations and sponsors allow for important research results to be published and that especially young scientists can continue the work.


CONCILIUS is honored to support the Leo Baeck Institute, such as sponsoring the Gala Award Dinner, honoring Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger with its Leo Baeck Medal in recognition of his commitment to fostering international cooperation through cultural/social/political means and for his appreciation of the need for tolerance and justice.

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Ambassador Richard Holbrooke with Ulrike Schariot, wife of German Ambassador to US

Ambassador Ischinger, Dr. Ruth, Ambassador Holbrooke, Carol Strauss

Sandra Navidi with Michael Kraess, Trustee of Concilius, Munich, Germany