in European Judaism

Amongst many commemorations of the start of the First World War, Professor Marc Saperstein organized a unique international one-day conference on Rabbis and the Great War, sponsored by Leo Baeck College with the Jewish Historical Society of England. Four other partners in the project were London synagogues: West London, New North London, North Western Reform (Alyth Gardens) and Belsize Square, all of which were the beneficiaries, directly or indirectly, of the arrival in the UK of refugee rabbis from Germany during the prelude to the second great European war. The conference was funded by the Ruth Ivor Foundation, Inc. of New York, named after one of the daughters of Rabbi Bruno Italiener, who served as a chaplain in the German army during the war, came to London as a refugee in 1939 and served as Associate Minister of the West London Synagogue from 1941 to 1951.

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