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David Ruderman

Professor David Ruderman

Prof. David B. Ruderman is the Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History and he was the  Ella Darivoff Director of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania from 1994-2014.

Prof. Ruderman was educated at the City College of New York, the Teacher's Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Columbia University. He received his rabbinical degree from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1971, and his Ph.D. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in 1975. Prior to coming to Penn, he held positions at Yale University and the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was instrumental in establishing both institutions' Judaic studies programs.

Prof. Ruderman has written numerous books, articles, and reviews. He is the author of The World of a Renaissance Jew: The Life and Thought of Abraham b. Mordecai Farissol (1981), for which he received the JWB National Book Award in Jewish History in l982, and Jewish Enlightenment in an English Key: Anglo-Jewry's Construction of Modern Jewish Thought (2000), for which he won the Koret Award for the best book in Jewish History in 2001. His most recent books are Connecting the Covenants: Judaism and the Search for Christian Identity in Eighteenth-Century England (2007) and Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History (2010).

He has served on the board and as vice-president of the Association of Jewish Studies, and on the boards of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Journal of Reform Judaism, the Renaissance Society of America, and the World Union of Jewish Studies. He also chaired the task force on continuing rabbinic education for the Central Conference of American Rabbis and HUC-JIR (1989-92) and the Publications Committee of the Yale Judaica Series, published by Yale University Press (1984-94). He served for five years as director of the Victor Rothschild Memorial Symposium in Jewish studies, a seminar for doctoral and post-doctoral students held each summer by the Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, in Jerusalem. He presently serves as a member of the academic advisory board of the Mandel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies of the Hebrew University. He was also the president of the American Academy for Jewish Research between 2000 and 2004. He is the editor of the Center's series in Judaic studies called "Jewish culture and contexts." He has taught in the Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Hebrew University. In June, 2001, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture honored him with its lifetime achievement award for his work in Jewish history.

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The People and the Book - Audio
Kabbalah, Science, and Universal Ethics - Audio

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