This article explores the personal experience of the Leo Baeck College librarian encountering Albert Friedlander, teacher and dean of the college, through his writing, the books he owned and his presence in the institution's library and archival material. It explores how readers and writers are in relationship with one another and argues that a broad concept of reading and what can be read can offer new ways of being in relationship with the living and dead.
Cassy Sachar is the senior librarian at Leo Baeck College. She studied fine art, specialising in bookbinding and book arts before completing her MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL. She specialised in art and design librarianship before joining her professional experience with her passion for Jewish learning in the library at LBC.