Growing out of the ashes of the Shoah, Leo Baeck College was founded in an attempt to rekindle the light of Jewish learning in Europe. We are proud of our progressive Jewish theology and values. In dark times we need to find the light – this is as true now as it was then.
Our alumni and students hail from around the world, speak multiple languages, are of different ethnicities and from different cultures – and we value them all, Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrachi, whatever their sexuality or gender, and however they identify. Although we know we have work to do to make our (old, listed) building more accessible, we welcome people with disabilities and celebrate all our students and alumni.
As a cutting edge centre of progressive Jewish values, ethics, theology, learning and practice, spirituality and prayer, we live our Jewish values institutionally. With over 200 rabbinic alumni working in the UK, Europe, the USA and beyond, we have an exponential influence on communities around the world through our alumni – a truly global reach.
Even though it was illegal to be out at the time he was ordained in 1958, we are proud of Rabbi Lionel Blue z”l and grateful for his contribution as a long-standing faculty member. Our first openly lesbian rabbis were ordained in 1989, Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah and Rabbi Sheila Shulman z”l, and we are proud of our LGBTQiA+ alumni and faculty who lead and inspire in their pulpits and teaching roles.
Our faculty reflects the diversity of Jewish life, the finest scholars who have the most to offer, drawn from a wide range of educational backgrounds, Jewish practice, theology, learning – and sexual orientation. We celebrate Rabbi Sheila Shulman z”l, who introduced radical feminist theology to the College, and are proud of her legacy.
For congregants, it is only through seeing people like them in positions of leadership that they feel they belong. We are proud of our alumni, and strive to create leaders who reflect our community, as well as lead with compassion, humility and care.
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We are proud of the rich tapestry of Jewish life that we reflect. Help us to continue our work creating Jewish thought leaders and clergy for the future in a rapidly changing world. Book tickets here or if you cannot attend, please consider supporting LBC by donating here.