Jehuda Reinharz Residence Hall

Oct. 15, 2012

Dear Members of the Brandeis Community,

I am delighted to announce that the Board of Trustees, in recognition of the extraordinary contributions to Brandeis by President Emeritus Jehuda Reinharz during his more than 30 years of dedicated service to the university, has voted to name the Ridgewood A residence hall in his honor.

By any measure, Jehuda transformed the university. During his nearly 17-year tenure as president, he led an unprecedented campus-wide expansion including 36 endowed faculty and staff positions, 29 new or renovated campus buildings, and 17 new research centers and institutes. During Jehuda’s presidency, the university raised $1.2 billion dollars and our endowment more than quadrupled.

Born in Haifa, Israel, Jehuda immigrated to the United States as a teenager in 1961. He 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.

Jehuda 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 for the Study of European Jewry, 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. In 1994, he was named the seventh president of Brandeis University.

Jehuda currently serves as President Emeritus, director of the Tauber Institute, and president of the Mandel Foundation.

Accordingly, on behalf of the Board of Trustees and a grateful university, it is my honor to declare that from this day forward, the Ridgewood A residence hall will be known as the Jehuda Reinharz Residence Hall.

Very truly yours,

Fred Lawrence