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The Leo Baeck Institute is named after Leo Baeck, the last public representative of the Jewish community in Nazi Germany, and was founded in 1955 by the Council of Jews from Germany. It is the mission of the Institute to preserve for posterity the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry.

The London LBI organises a broad range of events such as lecture programmes and international conferences, both in the UK and abroad, as well as funding fellowships. The Institute has recently established two research professorships to investigate the role of German-speaking Jews in 19th and 20th century academe.

In its role as an educational charity the London LBI provides information to the general public, advises scholars and students engaged in research on German-Jewish history, collects archival material for the New York Leo Baeck Institute, acts as referee to organisations funding scholarships, vets manuscripts submitted to publishers in the UK, Germany and the United States, and acts as examiner for doctoral and masters candidates in British universities.

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European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, London 2016–17 The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017

  • 24 November 2016 — 16 February 2017 *on now

This season´s topic intends to discuss the complicated and multi-layered relationship of the European Left with Zionism and the State of Israel. We will examine this broad subject from a historical perspective and will shed light on the different debates in various European countries.

Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, Leo Baeck Institute London) has pleasure in inviting you to the first lecture in the series:


Dr Brian Klug (University of Oxford)

Denouncing Israel: Anti-colonialism or Antisemitism on the British Left?

6.30pm, 24th November 2017


A significant part of the British left, especially since the June 1967 war, tends to denounce Israel as a state and Zionism as an idea. Ostensibly, these attitudes are grounded in the anti-colonialism and anti-racism which have been staple causes for the British left since the sun began to set on the Empire. These grounds, however, are called into question by those who detect the hidden hand of antisemitism at work. The lecture will examine key concepts and arguments in this controversy, seeking to bring the issues into sharper focus.

Brian Klug is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford, a member of the faculty of philosophy at the University of Oxford, and Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton. His most recent books are Words of Fire: Selected Essays of Ahad Ha'am (2015), Being Jewish and Doing Justice (2011) and Offence: The Jewish Case (2009).

Admission

Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email info@leobaeck.co.uk or phone 020 7882 5690).

Website

http://www.leobaeck.co.uk/archives/5238

European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, London 2016–17 The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017

  • 26 January 2017 6:30-7:30am

Dr Michel Dreyfus (University of Paris)
Two Lefts in France: Divisions over Zionism and Israel

The Balfour Declaration (1917) boosted Zionism in France. Although the movement enjoyed the support of the Socialists in the inter-war period, it was denounced by the Communist Party (CP) and the ultra-left. The creation of the State of Israel marked the beginning of a new era. While support for Israel grew strongly among French socialists from 1954 due to their opposition to Nasser’s politics in Algeria, the CP took a more critical stance. Post 1967 changes in the French-Israeli relationship left the left sharply divided: While the Socialists continue to support Israel unconditionally, the CP backs the Arab countries. This vigorous debate continues until today.

Michel Dreyfus is a Historian and Research Director at the CNRS (Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle-Université de Paris 1). He has written about the Dreyfus Affair and published numerous books on the history of the French and the international labour movements. His work L’antisémitisme à gauche. Histoire d’un paradoxe (1830-2009) appeared in 2009 (2nd ed. 2011).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email info@leobaeck.co.uk or phone 020 7882 5690).

Website

http://www.leobaeck.co.uk/archives/5448

Leo Baeck Institute
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Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London
Greater London
E1 4NS
England

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