Louis D. Brandeis: An Inspiring Life


Louis Brandeis was not active in the Zionist movement until he was in his late fifties. He was elected Chair of the Provisional Committee for General Zionist Affairs in 1914 and opened the New England Zionist Office with his own money. While he was a Justice of the Supreme Court, he continued to support the Zionist movement, but as a Supreme Court justice, he was restricted from maintaining his other leadership roles.

However, he advised President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Jewish issues and helped establish Ein Hashofet (“well of the judge”), the first American-established Kibbutz in Palestine in 1937. 1 Throughout his life and in his will, many of his charitable donations supported Zionist causes. 2

1 Pasternack, Susan A. Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis: Guided by the Light of Reason: Commemorating the 150th Birthday of the Late Supreme Court Justice and University Namesake. Waltham, MA: Brandeis University, 2007.

2 Boxes 118-121, IV.I.a.1-IV.I.b.3, Louis Dembitz Brandeis Collection, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, ascdepartment@brandeis.edu, Brandeis University Library.