Leo Baeck College

Leo Baeck College

Charity information

Leo Baeck College

As the only fully validated and accredited Jewish seminary in the UK, Leo Baeck College (LBC) is the place where rabbis and educators equipped for the 21st century are trained, where the leaders of Progressive Judaism are nurtured, and where the heart of Progressive Jewish thought is developed.
For over sixty years, the College community has been a beacon of hope and renewal for Progressive Judaism; we are its beating heart.

Founded 1956

  • Mission statement

    Leo Baeck College is the oldest Progressive rabbinic college in Europe and the only one in the UK. Ninety percent of the rabbis who serve Reform, Liberal and Masorti congregations in the UK are graduates of the College.

    Mission Statement:

    • To train rabbis and teachers for Jewish congregations, communities and schools
    • To promote the study of Judaism in a spirit of reverence for Jewish tradition combined with scholarly enquiry and academic freedom
    • To instil the love of learning in the Jewish community by raising the level of Jewish knowledge
    • To stimulate Progressive Jewish thought, expand its vision and deepen its values
    • To advance mutual understanding and respect within the Jewish people and amongst the religions, cultures and peoples of the world

  • Aims

    Leo Baeck College aims to:

    • To nurture our students to ensure their personal, academic, vocational, and spiritual development.
    • To develop rabbis who will build vibrant and viable communities whilst being sensitive to the constantly changing needs of contemporary Jewish life and livelihoods.
    • To create Jewish educators who will teach with knowledge and passion cultivating a love of Jewish learning and Jewish tradition that will shape the Jewish experience of the next generation.
    • To train rabbis and Jewish educators who will ensure a deep understanding and appreciation of authentic, egalitarian, accessible Judaism within our communities.
    • To provide a prestigious institute of adult Progressive Jewish study beyond the synagogue.
  • Overview

    Established: September 1956

    Registered Charity Number: 209777

    Board members: 10

    Full time staff: 11

    Part time staff: 36

    Volunteers: 4

    Phone number: 020 8349 5607

    Address: Leo Baeck College N3 2SY

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  • Leo Baeck College development legacy fund

    To provide future endowments for the development of Leo Baeck College.
  • Leo Baeck College - Hebrew curriculum

    To create material for a national Hebrew curriculum for Progressive Jewish Day Schools and... More
  • Leo Baeck College - Weekly Bible Shiur or City Shi...

    Leo Baeck College holds a weekly Bible Shiur taught by College Faculty, or a termly text... More
  • Leo Baeck College - D'Var Torah

    A weekly D'Var Torah (Torah commentary) which is sent to those subscribing to the website... More
  • Leo Baeck College - Lectureship fund

    To increase the teaching staff.
  • Leo Baeck College - Scholarship fund for student r...

    To provide scholarships for training rabbis specifically from eastern Europe and the FSU.
  • Leo Baeck College - Library Sponsorship

    The College’s library and educational resource centre is the largest private collection ... More
  • Leo Baeck College - Interfaith projects

    Interfaith Fund to support the needs of interfaith dialogue, particularly The Jewish-Chris... More
  • Leo Baeck College - Student accommodation

    Leo Baeck College provides limited student housing and common rooms.
  • Leo Baeck College - Student support fund

    To provide funds for the support of rabbinic students. Support is needed for specific requ... More
  • Leo Baeck College - Become a Patron

    The Leo Baeck College needs your help. It is dependent on the wider Progressive Jewish com... More
  • Leo Baeck College - Sponsor a Student Rabbi

    The Leo Baeck College aims to provide scholarships for promising student rabbis who would ... More