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Berlin Community Collection

Identifier: AR 88


The collection consists of various materials covering aspects of the Berlin Jewish community’s history from the 1880s to the 1990s, concentrating on documents from the community’s sole official congregation, “Jüdische Gemeinde zu Berlin”.


  • Creation: 1849-1991

Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011



0.5 Linear Feet

Other Finding Aid

Also available are German language index cards:

LBI’s Berlin Community Collection was a work in progress, beginning in the Institute’s first year and growing until circa 2012. Until circa 1990, each item was described onto an index card, available here as photocopies in folder 1.

Related Material

Records from the administration and executive committee of the Jewish congregation in Berlin from 1933 to 1938 may be found in “Records of the Administration of the Berlin Community”, LBI call number AR 6121.

High Holiday sermons from 12 German rabbis in various Berlin synagogues in 1930 may be accessed in “High Holiday sermons”, MF 67.

Separated Material

The “Berlin Community Clippings Collection”, LBI call number AR 88 C, holds an array of published materials mainly from the German and US-press pertaining to all aspects of the Jewish community in Berlin from circa 1960 to the 1990s.

Historic records from the Jewish congregation in Berlin that are held at "Jüdisches Historisches Institut" in Warsaw, Poland, are available at the LBI on microfilm MF 472, reels 1-3.

In addition, many individual manuscripts and photographs that had originally been part of the Berlin Community Collection have been incorporated in LBI’s Manuscript-, Memoir- and Photograph-Collections.

An audio tape cassette with the soundtrack of ‘Ein verlorenes Berlin’, a film about a Berlin Jewish cemetery by Martin Koerber and Richard Kostelanetz, 1983, has been removed to the LBI A/V collection.

Processing Information

During microfilming and consequent digitization the original order of the collection has been disrupted.

Inventory of the Berlin Community Collection, 1849-1991 AR 88
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
The inventory is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States