Leon Jick Papers Edit


03 MWalB00200A


  • 1952-2002, undated (Creation)


  • 11.5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    11 record center boxes, 1 document box

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  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of Brandeis University Libraries, Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Requests to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department.

  • Preferred Citation

    Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Leon Jick Papers, Robert D. Farber University Archives, Brandeis University

  • Biographical / Historical

    Leon Jick joined the Brandeis University faculty in 1966 as Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, and later became the Helen and Irving Schneider Professor of American Jewish Studies. Throughout Jick's twenty-four year career at Brandeis, he held many positions, including Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department. He retired from Brandeis in 1990 and the following year served as a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

    Prior to coming to Brandeis, Leon Jick was a pulpit rabbi for twelve years in Boston and Mount Vernon, New York, where he was very active in the civil rights movement. Over the years, Jick became involved in many organizations within the Jewish community, including: Institute for Jewish Life (IJL), where he served as Director; Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), where he also served as Director; and the Movement for Soviet Jewry.

    A sought-after lecturer and educator, Dr. Jick continued to be active in the American Jewish community as a public speaker. His books include, In Search of a Way (1966), Teaching of Judaica in American Universities (1970), and The Americanization of the Synagogue (1976, 1992). Jick also authored many published articles. He passed away in 2005.

  • Scope and Contents

    Files in this collection were created from 1952 through 2002. Materials include correspondence, sermons, lectures, coursework, publications, and several audio tapes. A significant portion of the collection is composed of material Jick produced as a professor and academic administrator at Brandeis. This collection also includes many of the sermons he gave as a rabbi and lectures he delivered at various venues. Records of his involvement with a number of Jewish organizations also make up a considerable portion of the collection. Also included are copies of many of Jick's published works and materials related to these publications, as well as some personal correspondence.