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Fifty Years of Leo Baeck College

An Overview (1956–2006)

Jonathan Romain

Only a few people are aware that the name of the College and that of Leo Baeck, now inseparably intertwined, were not originally linked. The College started its existence under a different title, being launched in September 1956 as the Jewish Theological College. This was in part a descriptive title, and in part a tribute to the Breslau Theological College, which, along with the Berlin Hochschule, had been destroyed during the war, and to both of which the new College saw itself as the successor, attempting to rekindle the light of Jewish learning in Europe.

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Jonathan Romain

There are many religious people in Britain at the moment who feel they have been stabbed in the back, then turned around and punched in the face. The attack from behind is because they feel they are pursuing a religious lifestyle that is largely caring and considerate, yet they have become associated with religious extremists whose murderous fanaticism has tainted all people of faith.

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Jonathan Romain, Sharman Kadish, Albert H. Friedlander and Uri ben Alexander

Nathan Stoltzfus, Resistance of the Heart: Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany, New York and London, W.W. Norton and Company, 1996, 386 pp., ISBN 0-393-03904-8.

Shalva Weil (ed.), India’s Jewish Heritage: Ritual, Art, and Life-Cycle, Mumbai, Marg Publications, 2002, 124 pp., 120 colour, 20 black and white plates, ISBN 81-85026-58-0 (hb).

Josh Cohen, Interrupting Auschwitz: Art, Religion, New York and London, Continuum Press, 2003, 166 pp., ISBN 0-8264-5552-0 (pb).

Doris L. Bergen, War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust, Lanham, MD, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002, 280 pp., ISBN 0-8476-9630-8 (hb).

Jody Myers, Seeking Zion: Modernity and Messianic Activism in the Writings of Tsevi Hirsch Kalischer, Oxford, Littman Library, 2003, 256 pp., ISBN 1-874774-90-7.

Joseph Davis, Yom-Tov Lipmann Heller: Portrait of a Seventeenth-Century Rabbi, Oxford, Littman Library, 2004, 302 pp., ISBN 1-874774-86-2.

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Marc Saperstein, Daniel H. Weiss, Rory Miller, Amanda Golby, Jonathan Romain and David Janner-Klausner

Levie Bernfeld, Tirtsah, Poverty and Welfare among the Portuguese Jews in Early Modern Amsterdam, Oxford, Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2012, xvii + 590 pp., ISBN 978-1-904113-57-7 (hb).

Batnitsky, Leora, How Judaism Became a Religion: An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2011, x + 211 pp. (cloth).

Lainer-Vos, Dan, Sinews of the Nation: Constructing Irish and Zionist Bonds in the United States, Cambridge, Polity, 2013, 240 pp., ISBN 13-978-0- 7456-6265-7 (pb).

Ofer, Dalia, Francoise S. Ouzan and Judy Tydor Baumel-Schwartz, Holocaust Survivors: Resettlement, Memories, Identities, New York, Berghahn Books, 2012, 345 pp., ISBN 978-0-85745-247-4 (hb).

Baumel-Schwartz, Judith Tydor, Never Look Back: The Jewish Refugee Children in Great Britain 1938–1945, West Lafayette, IN, Purdue University Press (Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies), 2012, 286 pp., ISBN 978-1- 55753-612-9 (pb).

Bernard, Philippa, A Beacon of Light: The History of West London Synagogue, West London Synagogue, 2013, 229 pp., ISBN 978-0-9576672-0-4.

Pinto, Diana, Israel Has Moved, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2013, 215 pp., ISBN 978-0-674-07342-5 (hb).

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Marc Saperstein, Jonathan Romain, Dan Cohn Sherbok, Harvey Shoolman and Allen Podet

Baumgarten, Elisheva, Practicing Piety in Medieval Ashkenaz: Men, Women, and Everyday Religious Observance, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, 334 pp., ISBN 978-0-8122-4640-7 (hbk)

Fox, Pam Israel Isidor Mattuck, the Architect of Liberal Judaism, London, Vallentine Mitchell, 2014, 369 pp., £37.30 (hbk), £18 (pbk), ISBN 978 0 85303 870 8 (cloth), 978 0 85303 879 8 (paper)

Rich, Danny, Israel Mattuck: The Inspirational Voice of Liberal Judaism, London, Liberal Judaism, 2014, 70 pp., £4.99 (pbk), ISBN 978 0 900521 00 3

Romain, Jonathan, ed., Assisted Dying: Rabbinic Responses, Movement for Reform Judaism, London, 2014, 111 pp.

Abramsky, Sasha, The House of Twenty Thousand Books, London, Halban Publishers, 2014, 321 pp., £18.05 (hbk), ISBN 978-1-905559-64-0

Hirsh, Norman, Unfolding Toward Purpose

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Neil Amswych, Hillel Avidan, Sami Barth, Tony Bayfield, Francis Ronald Berry, Barbara Borts, Jeffrey Cohen, Bernard Davis, Michal Friedlander, Jeffrey Gale, Guy Hall, Richard Harries, Harry Jacobi, Laura Janner-Klausner, Deborah Kahn-Harris, Charles Middleburgh, Jonathan Magonet, Dow Marmur, Julia Neuberger, Phil Pegum, Danny Rich, Jonathan Romain, Walter Rothschild, Elli Tikvah Sarah, Victor Jeleniewski Seidler, Michael Shire, Judy Smith, Jackie Tabick, Charles Wallach and Andrea Zanardo

In this section we have gathered a range of shorter personal memoirs from former students and colleagues reflecting their immediate responses to the loss of Lionel as a personal friend, colleague, teacher or spiritual mentor.