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Jewish Thought & History

Jehuda Reinharz

Brandeis University

Jehuda Reinharz is Director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry at Brandeis University, President of the Mandel Foundation, and past President of Brandeis. Born in Haifa, Israel, he immigrated to the United States as a teenager in 1961 and earned concurrent bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in medieval Jewish history from Harvard University, and a doctorate in modern Jewish history from Brandeis. Dr. Reinharz was a professor at the University of Michigan before becoming the Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History at Brandeis in 1982. Two years later he was named Director of the Tauber Institute, and eight years later he founded the Jacob and Libby Goodman Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel. From 1991 to 1994 he served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Brandeis, and in 1994 he was named its seventh President. During his nearly 17 years as President, he transformed the university through an unprecedented campus-wide expansion. He created 36 endowed faculty and staff positions, 29 new or renovated campus buildings, and 17 new research centers and institutes. During Dr. Reinharz’s presidency the university raised $1.2 billion dollars. and its endowment more than quadrupled. Dr. Reinharz is the author of more than 100 articles and author or co-author of 25 books. He is also the recipient of numerous honorary degrees.