LBC Library Shorts: Stories from the Shelves

In our new series of short videos, librarian Cassy Sachar shares stories from the shelves, inviting you to explore the remarkable books and artefacts in the Leo Baeck College Library. Follow us on Facebook too see the latest shorts or check back here to browse the series using the links below. Email us, with any comments, questions or to find out more.

Songs of the Land of Israel front coverSongs of the Land Of Israel   

Words and music to sustain the soul


Maybaum Papers A List of Book RecipientsIgnaz Maybaum Papers

Being a rabbi and a writer


cover of le petite fille de jerusalemFrench and Fragile

100 year old books from the Francophone world


From the Librarian’s desk

Like the library as a whole, the Librarian’s Office is a treasure trove of extraordinary books and artefacts. If you pop in with a query or a greeting you will doubtless be distracted by the front cover of a new arrival, a gold embossed spine or a foot high pile of books to rifle through. As the library is currently closed to visitors during the Covid 19 Pandemic, my office is now at home and it is from there that I would like to share some thoughts about some of our unusual, meaningful and beautiful holdings, that are temporarily sharing my living room. Even though we cannot sit in our favourite corners nor browse the physical shelves, I hope the library’s books, that have witnessed so many upheavals, will continue to inform and inspire online. Click on the titles below to find out more about the treasures and curiosities of our collections and do email me with any questions, comments or to find out more.

Cassy Sachar, LBC Senior Librarian, on lockdown Spring 2020


The Afikoman Haggadah   

So good you could eat it….


Sefer HaAggadah – Bialik and Ravnitzky’s Book of Legends

Passionate writers reading rabbinic literature so you don’t have to…


Die Schrift – Buber and Rosenzweig’s translation of the Bible

Volumes of a visionary translation that survived the holocaust


Life and Art Through Stained Glass: Roman Halter 

Beautifying the mitzvah of prayer and community at LBC and beyond…