Arthur Green papers Edit


11 MWalB02727


  • 1968-2004, undated (Creation)


  • 2 Linear Feet (Whole)
    4 manuscript boxes


  • Biographical Note

    Arthur (Art) Green is a distinguished professor and author of Jewish thought, mysticism, spirituality, neo-Hasidism, and theology. Green earned a BA from Brandeis University in 1961, an MHL and his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1964 and 1967, respectively, as well as his PhD from Brandeis in 1975. Notably, Green is credited with founding Havurat Shalom in 1968 in Somerville, Massachusetts, an organization dedicated to renewing Jewish spirituality, education, and community from an egalitarian perspective; Havurat Shalom was a precursor to and inspiration for the Havurah movement in American Judaism.

    As a scholar, Green held many positions of honor and prestige across nearly five decades in academia. He taught for more than a decade at the University of Pennsylvania, then became dean (and later president, from 1987 to 1993) at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College outside of Philadelphia, and was named Philip W. Lown Professor of Jewish Thought at Brandeis University, where he taught from 1994 to 2005. He is currently the Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion and was the founding dean of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. Having studied with Alexander Altmann, Nahum N. Glatzer, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, Green has been recognized for many awards and honors as one of the leading Jewish scholars and theologians; he has even “been named to Newsweek's list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America every year since 2008.”


  • Scope and Contents

    The Art Green papers consist of documents pertaining to Green’s influential role in the founding and early years of operation of Havurat Shalom in Somerville, Massachusetts; files and records relating to faculty positions Green held at various institutions; and course readings, syllabi, and lecture notes for courses he taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and Brandeis University.

    Of particular note are: a report of the first year of Havurat Shalom; a letter to community members about the identity and direction of Havurat Shalom; Green’s typewritten speech for his presidential inauguration ceremony at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; and the many course syllabi for the different courses he taught from the 1970s through the early 2000s on numerous Jewish historical, religious, and philosophical topics.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged in three series: 1. Havurat Shalom, 1968-1993, undated; 2. Professional Activities and Material, 1975-2003, undated; 3. Teaching Materials, 1973-2004, undated. For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing below.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research use.

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

    Folder 7 in Box 4 ("Student files, various courses [R], 1995-2001," Series III) contains student records and is restricted until January 2101.

    This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the department about having the collection recalled for your use. This process usually requires 36 hours’ notice.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

  • Acquisition Note

    Donated by Arthur Green, February 2017.

  • Preferred Citation

    Arthur Green papers, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections, Brandeis University.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Jeffrey Hayes, August 2017.

  • Related Materials

    Two linear feet of Arthur Green's papers are housed at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), Boston. Please contact AJHS for more information.