Иегуда Рейнхарц

Иегуда Рейнхарц


Jehuda Reinharz was born in Haifa, Israel, in 1944. He received his high school education in Germany and immigrated to the United States as a teenager in 1961. Dr. Reinharz earned concurrent bachelor's degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He earned his master's degree in medieval Jewish history from Harvard University in 1968 and his doctorate in modern Jewish history from Brandeis University in 1972. Dr. Reinharz was the first professor of Jewish history at the University of Michigan from 1972 to 1982, where he established the program in Judaic Studies. In 1982, he became the Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. Two years later, he was named Director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry at Brandeis and eight years later founded the Jacob and Libby Goodman Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel. Dr. Reinharz is the author of over ninety articles and twenty books in various languages. His book Jew in the Modern World is one of the most widely adopted college texts in modern Jewish history. His two-volume biography of Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, has won many prizes in Israel and the United States and his latest book, co-authored with the late Ben Halpern, titled Zionism and the Creation of a New Society, was published in 1998 by Oxford University Press and re-issued in a revised paperback edition by Brandeis University Press. Dr. Reinharz is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Hebrew Union College, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Fairfield University in Connecticut. In 1995, he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998, Dr. Reinharz was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States, established by the President to examine issues pertaining to the disposition of Holocaust-era assets in the United States before, during, and after World War II. In 1999, he was named a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, Dr. Reinharz serves on a large number of boards and committees, including the United Israel Appeal/Jewish Agency, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Leo Baeck Institute and is a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Jehuda Reinharz is married to Shulamit Reinharz, professor of sociology and director of Women's Studies and the Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women at Brandeis University. They have two daughters, Yael and Naomi.