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  • Brandeis selects Ronald Liebowitz as next president

    December 17, 2015 | 10:19 am

    Brandeis University announced that its next president will be Ronald D. Liebowitz, the former president of Middlebury College in Vermont.

    Liebowitz will take over on July 1, 2016, from interim president Lisa Lynch, the first non-Jew to lead the Jewish-sponsored nonsectarian...

  • Most children of intermarriage aren’t told they are exclusively Jewish

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 19, 2015 | 1:31 pm

    Another day, another report on Jews and interfaith marriages. A comprehensive report: Millennial Children of Intermarriage: Touch points and Trajectories of Jewish Engagement. 58 pages of data and analysis from the inexhaustible team at Brandeis University’s Maurice and Marilyn...

  • Amid Chinese influx, Brandeis considers its Jewish identity

    May 5, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    When Jeff Wang was applying to U.S. colleges more than two years ago from his home near Shanghai, Brandeis University was a top choice.

    Like many Chinese students now at Brandeis, he had discovered the university on Chinese Internet forums that touted the school’s academic...

  • Hirsi Ali floats conversion to Judaism

    March 20, 2015 | 9:38 am

    Controversial Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali said that she had previously tried to convert to Judaism and suggested that she might attempt to do so again in the future.

    At a gathering hosted by Israeli Consul General of New York Ido Aharoni last Thursday, Ali told the crowd...

  • Lackluster fundraising eyed as Frederick Lawrence leaves Brandeis

    February 4, 2015 | 10:49 am

    For all the controversies Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence endured over the past few months, the failures that ultimately doomed his tenure were more fundamental, insiders say: His fundraising just wasn’t good enough and his administrative track record was wanting.

  • Historian Jonathan Sarna hospitalized, in critical condition

    May 20, 2014 | 2:50 pm

    Jonathan Sarna, a leading scholar of American Jewish history, is in critical condition at Yale New Haven Hospital.

    Sarna, the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, and a JTA board member, fell ill while attending his daughter’s...

  • Brandeis University drops plan to honor critic of Islam

    April 10, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    Brandeis University has decided not to award an honorary degree to a Somali-born women's rights activist who has branded Islam as violent and "a nihilistic cult of death."

    The private university outside Boston said it had decided not to bestow the honor on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a...

  • Brandeis, Penn State Harrisburg quit ASA over Israel boycott

    December 19, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    The American studies departments of Brandeis University and Penn State Harrisburg withdrew from the American Studies Association after it voted to boycott Israeli universities.

    “We view the recent vote by the membership to affirm an academic boycott of Israel as a politicization...

  • Hollywood and Hitler: A book review

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    October 9, 2013 | 3:20 pm

    It’s rare that a book garners as much pre-publication publicity as has Ben Urwand’s “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler” (Belknap Press, $26.95). Even more unusual, however, is the backlash that greeted the book now that it is actually available to read.

    “Perhaps I’m...

  • Old Jewish men and a place to call home

    By Roberto Loiederman

    February 20, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    "Greetings, you bushy-tailed alter-kackers!"

    The dozens of men at the mid-December breakfast gathering — all of them in their 70s, 80s or older — laughed and applauded, reveling in their alter-kackiness.

    It felt like a sitcom’s idea of how elderly Jewish men behave, but dig a...

  • Opinion: Don’t abandon old in pursuit of ‘Next’

    November 2, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    Over the last few years, I have spent considerable time on the inside of what is called the “innovation sector” in Jewish life, even spending two terrific and unexpected years as a professor of Jewish communal innovation at Brandeis University. Most recently, the new organization...

  • Brandeis University head cultivating L.A. support

    By Susan Freudenheim

    March 1, 2011 | 6:28 pm

    Frederick M. Lawrence, the new president of Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., came to Los Angeles and environs in early February for a dozen meetings with donors, alumni, prospective students and more. With about 1,800 graduate and undergraduate alums in Southern California...

  • UC to reopen study in Israel; Brandeis offers summer prep program

    December 3, 2008 | 9:34 pm

    UC to Reopen Study in Israel

    Officials at the University of California are talking with their counterparts at Hebrew University of Jerusalem about reopening the UC's study abroad program there for Fall 2009.

    The program was suspended in 2002 after Israel made the U.S. State...

  • Fear over intermarriage is overblown

    By Leonard Saxe

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Purim is a time to dull our senses with drink and cloak our identity by dressing in costume. We do so in order to confront a troubling part of our history and the threats to Jewish life and continuity in the Diaspora.

    In our retelling of the Purim story, we sometimes forget that our...

  • New study finds 1 million more Jews in U.S.

    By Jacob Berkman

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A new study gives fairly concrete evidence that the American Jewish population could be more than 1 million people larger than believed -- but if so, it means efforts to engage them may have been less successful than the community realized.

    The United Jewish Communities' (UJC)...

  • Briefs: Palestinians riot near Jerusalem dig; Brandeis threatened with loss of donations

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinians Riot Around Jerusalem

    Palestinians rioted at entry points to Jerusalem to protest a ban stemming from previous riots over an Old City dig. Police banned Palestinian males under age 50 from attending Friday prayer services at mosques on the Temple Mount, and extended a...

  • The Journey Within

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Three in five adults report that their level of Jewish involvement has changed substantially over the course of their adult lives. Remarkably, their involvement is nearly as likely to have increased as to have declined.What's constant is change. American Jews continually adapt and...