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Brandeis University
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Private university in Waltham (Massachusetts, United States) which was founded in 1948 in answer to the admission restrictions for Jewish applicants and professors at American universities. It was named after the Zionist and first Jewish judge at the Supreme Court of the United States, Louis D. Brandeis, and is still the only non-faith-based secular university in North America sponsored by Jewish funds.

Brandeis University was founded despite concerns voiced two decades earlier by Louis Marshall (American Jewish Committee). The civil rights attorney and spokesman for the…

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Stephen J. Whitfield, Waltham (MA), “Brandeis University”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0115>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409

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