Education: The Jews Are Hosts

For 50 years prominent American Jews had talked about the idea, but it was not until after World War II that seven Bostonians finally decided to make it a reality. The seven were all immigrants or the sons of immigrants. All had been successful, and all wanted to find a way to show their gratitude to the nation in which they had prospered. In 1946 they launched their campaign to establish Brandeis University —the first Jewish-founded nonsectarian university in the U.S.

This week, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis' birth, scores of notables from the academic and...

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