48th Annual Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture

Friday, October 1, 2004

The Leo Baeck Institute cordially invites you to its 48th Annual Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will speak on "Wissenschaft des Judentums: Historial Consciousness and Jewish Scholarship"

R.S.V.P. Mrs. Kirchen, 212-744- 6400
Admission: members: no charge / non-members: $10

2004 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the famous Breslau Seminary, where Leo Baeck and countless other German-Jewish theologians were trained for the Rabbinate. It also marks the 175th anniversaries of the Seminario Rabinico in Padua, Italy, and the Seminaire Rabbinique d'Alsace in France. It was in these seminaries that the so-called scientific study and knowledge of Judaism, or Wissenschaft des Judentums, developed as the modern approach to the comprehensive study of Judaism, including literature, music, language, art, and comparative philosophies. The scholarly and intellectual frame of reference created by these seminaries remains the model for contemporary Jewish studies. The influence of this scholarship penetrated Orthodox circles in Europe as well. This lecture will explore that influence and examine the nature of Wissenschaftlich influence in traditional 19th century Europe.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu