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Bernard Reisman papers

Identifier: 03-MWalb00291A

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to the work of Bernard Reisman, co-founder and long time director of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis and founder of the Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Record types include course materials, teaching notes, conference materials, drafts, publications, research files, and survey questionnaires.

Bernard Reisman (1926-2011) co-founded the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program with Leon Jick, and served as its first director from 1969-1999. He was also a professor emeritus of Jewish Communal Studies at Brandeis, and the founder of the Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He was also involved in community outreach and research, and authored numerous publications, including “The Chavurah” (1977), “The Jewish Experiential Book” (1979, 2002), “Life on the Frontier: The Jews of Alaska” (1995), and many articles.

Sources: "Bernie Reisman dies at 85, was a Hornstein founder," BrandeisNow, Nov. 22, 2011; "Bernard Reisman, professor at Brandeis," The Boston Globe, December 7, 2011; "Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program: History," Brandeis website"


  • 1950s-2000s

Conditions Governing Access

This collection has not yet been fully reviewed for restricted materials, though some restrictions have been identified in Boxes 2, 3, 7, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 34. Other boxes may also contain restricted materials. Please contact the University Archives & Special Collections in advance to request access.

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.


26 Linear Feet (26 record center boxes)

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The collection was arranged by an earlier processor in three broad series: primary materials authored by Reisman or used by Reisman in his classes; secondary materials not authored by Reisman but visibly connected to his projects, courses, etc.; and secondary material that could not be directly linked to specific works by Resiman.

Custodial History

This collection was transferred to the Archives in three accessions by Professor Reisman and his wife, Elaine Reisman, in 1999, 2007, and 2008.

Processing Information

There was a preliminary arrangement imposed on the collection in 2001.

In 2021, the collection was slightly rearranged to facilitate research use, but more processing is still required.

A box-level deductive restrictions review was conducted, indicating the need for some restrictions, though a more detailed review is required.

Weeding was performed in 2021. Materials weeded include publications and confidential student files.

Folder titles appear to be original to the creator.

Bernard Reisman papers
Kate McNally
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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