Leo Baeck Institute

The Leo Baeck Institute, founded in 1955, promotes the study of the history and culture of German-speaking Jews and has extensive library, archival, and art collections.

The project aims to comprehensively survey archival holdings related to the history of German-speaking Jewish communities in southern Bukovina and southern Transylvania. This stage of the project focuses on five counties in southern Transylvania and the holdings of multiple repositories in Bucharest. Additionally, at each site one student or researcher will receive intensive training in archival cataloguing techniques and then assist the project leader in surveying the material.

Julie Dawson, the project leader, has worked at the Leo Baeck Institute since 2010, prior to which she lived and worked in Romania and Germany for nine years. She holds an MA in Jewish Studies and a Certificate in East Central European Studies from Columbia University. She speaks German, Romanian, and Yiddish and is enjoying trying to learn Hungarian.