Leo Baeck College (LBC) opened its doors to the wider Progressive Jewish community by holding an Open House event to give supporters an insight into its history and workings.

Sixty people attended the informal drop-in. They included members of Reform, Liberal and Masorti Judaism communities from all around the country, as well as the College’s trustees, staff, rabbinic students and alumni.

Many guests had never had the opportunity to see the College, its library and the Sternberg Centre for Judaism site in person before. They enjoyed the chance to meet, chat, schmooze and sit down for a delicious afternoon tea.

LBC’s Director of Jewish Education Dr Jo-Ann Myers gave tours of the site, including the Grade II listed Manor House, built in 1723, that houses the College.

Jewish historian David Jacobs, a long-term supporter and friend of the College, gave a fascinating insight into the Leo Baeck College Library, which contains more than 60,000 volumes covering every aspect of Jewish life, thought and culture.

Bernard Davis, a Patron of LBC who signed the deeds for the Manor House, was also in attendance.

Jennifer Gold, one of the people visiting for the first time, said: “There is so much fascinating Jewish and English history at Leo Baeck College, the library and the surrounding grounds. It is a treasure!

“Being here for the Open House event, and seeing where so many of our Progressive rabbis studied, made me feel even more connected to my Judaism.”

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