BF, 6/14/90; rev. JM, 11/25/91
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The University of Judaism, the Seminary's west coast campus, was founded in 1947. It began as a teacher training program; undergraduate, continuing education, and rabbinical preparatory programs were gradually added. The University of Judaism was proposed by Mordecai Kaplan in 1945, and was headed from 1948 to 1968 by Simon Greenberg.
For more on the history of the University of Judaism see: Deborah Dash Moore, "Another Glowing Chapter: The University of Judaism," in Tradition Renewed: A History of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America ed. Jack Wertheimer (New York: JTS, 1997).
These records of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles consist mainly of administrative correspondence, 1947-1960. Also included are materials from commencement excercises, 1951 and 1953-1955; six reel to reel tapes, 1947-1948; and a scrapbook, ca. 1940s.
The correspondence, which is mainly Simon Greenberg's, documents the early years of the University of Judaism plus later administrative matters, particularly fundraising. Correspondents include professors, staff, board members, and others, such as University of California faculty Lawrence Powell and Robert G. Sproul. Of interest is correspondence with Hollywood film industry figures such as Louis B. Mayer, Harry Warner, and Dore Schary (who was on the University's board) among whom Greenberg attempted to stimulate interest. Also of note is correspondence with Chaim Potok, then the director of the Camp Ramah on the west coast, and correspondence relating to Martin Buber's visit to the University.
The commencement materials include drafts of programs and invitations, guest lists, and correspondence and memoranda documenting arrangements for the University of Judaism's first commencement in 1951, and subsequent ones from 1953 to 1955. Honorary degrees were awarded to California Governor Earl Warren, biochemist Dr. Wendell Stanley, composers Ernest Bloch and Darius Milhaud, and Los Angeles industrialist Paul Hoffman. Correspondence with some of them can be found in these files.
Five reel-to-reel tapes record a banquet for the University of Judaism at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel on December 28, 1948. Speakers include Stephen Kayser, Dore Schary, E.[ddie?] Cantor, Simon Rifkind (?), and others. The sixth tape records a 1947 University of Judaism ceremony, speakers include [Louis] Rabinowitz, and [Moshe] Davis. The tapes have been removed from this collection and added to the Ratner Center Sound Collection as numbers S133-138.
The scrapbook - which may be a mock-up for a promotional brochure - consists mainly of photographs with captions. Some additional text is included.
|I. Correspondence Files, 1947-1960|
|1||1||Maxwell Abbell, William Albright|
|2||Mildred Allenberg, Sol Andrews|
|4||Byron Backlar, Joseph Backlar, Elias Bickerman, Ben Blumenthal|
|5||B'nai Brith Messenger, Hyman Brand, Sam Brand|
|14||Ely Elias, Samuel Engel|
|15||"Eternal Light" radio program|
|16||Isadore Familian, Julius Fligelman|
|17-21||Founders Day dinners, 1949-1952; 1955|
|31||Felix Guggenheim, Judah Hahn, Max Helfman|
|32||Herman Hertz, Walter Hilborn|
|35||Peter M. Kahn|
|36||Mordecai Kaplan, Stephen Kayser|
|39||Charles Krown, Louis Lamed|
|40||Leaders Training Fellowship|
|41||Herbert Lehman, Samuel A. Lerner|
|42||Monroe Levens, Sidney Levine|
|43||Philip Lipis, Joseph Loeb|
|44||Benedict Magnes, Edgar Magnin|
|48||Yoland Markson, David May|
|49||Louis B. Mayer|
|50||Abraham Menes, George Meyer|
|51-56||Miscellaneous, 1948-1949; 1951-1954; 1955-1960, A-M|
|2||1-3||Miscellaneous, 1955-1960, N-Z|
|23||A.S.W. Rosenbach, Philip Rosenbach, Lester Roth|
|30||Ann Shalmony, Louis Shub|
|31||Mendel Silberberg, Leo Simon|
|35||Robert G. Sproul|
|36||Irwin Stalmaster, Wendell Stanberg|
|38||Leo Strauss, Theodore Strimling|
|39||Alan M. Stroock|
|3||Edna Bazol Sydney|
|4||Tannenbaum Memorial Library Fund, 1948-1958|
|17||Arthur Whizin, Abraham Winokur|
|II. Commencement Records, 1951; 1953-1955|
|Package||III. Scrapbook (Brochure mock-up), ca. 1940s|