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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies

Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies


Welcome To LBSU!


Leo Baeck Summer University is a two-week summer school in Jewish studies, conducted in the English language at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, under the umbrella of the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg. Doctoral and post PHD candidates and post doctoral candidates  from all over the world, are encouraged to apply for this unique program.

LBSU is named after the famed German Rabbi Leo Baeck (1873-1956). Leo Baeck strove to combine tradition and modernity within Judaism and sought interfaith dialogue. He educated young rabbis at Berlin’s Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums until the Nazis shut it down in 1943. Leo Baeck was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp outside Prague. He died in London in November 1956.

The LBSU was launched in 2007 with funding from the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany via the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

Among its past supporters are the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), and the VolkswagenStiftung.


Selma Stern Zentrum für Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg

is a joint project of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam, Abraham Geiger Kolleg, the Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), and the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar.

The Center was set up to coordinate the existing, diverse range of Jewish studies in Berlin and Brandenburg, to facilitate and promote the training of young scholars and to contribute to internationalizing the research and teaching done in the region.