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MS 317 Archives of the Centre for Jewish Education

Centre for Jewish Education

The Centre for Jewish Education (CJE) grew out of the teacher training department of Leo Baeck College, which expanded and eventually formed a separate education department serving both the Reform and Liberal movements.

Leo Baeck College had been launched through the initiative of Rabbi Werner Van der Zyl in September 1956 as the Jewish Theological College, and was renamed shortly afterwards following the death of Rabbi Dr Leo Baeck. In 1964 the College became jointly sponsored by the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain and the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues. In 2001, the Centre for Jewish Education (CJE) integrated with the old Leo Baeck College to become Leo Baeck College - Centre for Jewish Education (LBC - CJE). A new Principal, Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein, was appointed in 2006 and the combined new college adopted the name Leo Baeck College. The College continues to be sponsored by the Movement for Reform Judaism, the Liberal Movement and the United Jewish Israel Appeal.

About the collection 

The archive is composed of administrative papers: Department and Council of Education and Youth, 1976-86; Education Department, 1980-5; education committee, 1984-6; education support group, 1983-5; head teachers’ group, 1984-96; Centre for Jewish Education administration, 1986-96; general purpose committee, 1984-93; grants and funding, 1981-91; pastoral care and counselling group, 1982-9. 


An alphabetical sequence of papers: community and family education, 1992-3; congregational visits, 1985-8; Council for National Academic Awards, 1988-91; Joint Programme for Jewish Education, 1986-8; National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, 1985-8; National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 1987-90; Nitsanim group, 1985-8; ordination, 1985-9; synagogues, 1982-7; Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues, 1985-9; World Union for Progressive Judaism, 1985-90

Teaching, course and conference materials, 1977-96, including for CJE tutors, 1992-7; conferences, 1988-95, Sifri seminar, c.1985, Shoah, 1987-8, 1991-6; examinations, 1987-8; lesson plans, 1994

Outreach and events, 1981-91; Naomi Blake’s sculpture, and Roman Halter’s installation “Room of Prayer2", 1985-6; short story competition, 1983-6; Israel tours and liaisons, 1983-90.

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