Leo Baeck College is a pre-eminent institution of Jewish scholarship and learning open to all. 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. Leo Baeck College (LBC) is the direct European heir of the great Rabbinical seminary of the German “Liberal” Jewish movement, the Lehranstalt (Hochschule) für die Wissenschaft des Judentums in Berlin (1872-1942). The College was founded in 1956 by Rabbi Dr Werner van der Zyl and named in honour of his teacher, Rabbi Dr Leo Baeck. To date, Leo Baeck College has ordained more than 190 rabbis and graduated over 90 educators serving in Progressive communities worldwide. Our alumni provide the leadership and learning across the Progressive Jewish world in the United Kingdom, Europe, Former Soviet Union, United States, Australia, South Africa, Israel, and beyond.
With our select student body we are able to offer challenging academic and vocational studies whilst maintaining an individual, friendly, and supportive environment, making the learning experience a truly personal one. With academic and vocational faculty of the highest calibre and one of the most important Jewish libraries in Europe, as well as excellent teaching resources, Leo Baeck College is infused with a love of Jewish learning.
The College campus is situated on a seven-acre site in the heart of North London with good transport links to central London and the rest of the UK. On site, LBC occupies the Grade II* listed Manor House where classrooms, seminar rooms, student study rooms and offices are located. The Manor House is also home to the Leo Baeck College Library, which contains one of the most outstanding Judaica collections of its kind in Europe.
These validated programmes were developed and are delivered and assessed by Leo Baeck College, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.