Dr. Michael Berenbaum
Dr. Berenbaum is the Conceptual Developer to the KFHEC, and is directing the creation of its Interactive Media Center.
needs no introduction in the world of Holocaust education, having been a central figure in the field over the last two decades or so.
Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher, consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films.
He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism), where he is also a Professor of Jewish Studies.
In the past he has served as the Gold-Weinstein Distinguished Visiting Professor at Chapman University, the Podlich Distinguishd Visitor at Claremont-Mckenna College, the Ida E King Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at Richard Stockton College, for 1999-2000, and the Strassler Family Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust Studies at Clark University in 2000.
He is the Executive Editor of the New Encyclopaedia Judaica that reworked, transformed, improved, broadened and deepened the now classic 1972 work, and will run some 22 volumes, six million words, with 25,000 individual contributions to Jewish knowledge.
It was named by the American Library Association
as the most important reference work of 2006, and given its prestigious Dartmouth Medal.
For three years, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.
He was the Director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Hyman Goldman Adjunct Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC.
From 1988-93 he served as Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation.
President Clinton appointed him to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in 1998, and he served as Chair of the Education Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Conscience, and on the Church Relations and Strategic Planning Committees.
He also served as Director of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, Opinion Page Editor of the Washington Jewish Week and Deputy Director of the President's Commission on the Holocaust, where he authored its Report to the President.
He has previously taught at Wesleyan University and Yale University, and has served as a visiting professor at three of the major Washington area universities - George Washington University, The University of Maryland, and American University.
Berenbaum is the author and editor of twenty books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces.
Over the past several years, Berenbaum was a historical consultant or chief historical consultant for:
Berenbaum was the conceptual developer on the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center that recently opened in Skokie, and played a similar function as conceptual developer and chief curator of the Belzec Memorial at the site of the Death Camp.
is currently at work on the Memorial Museum
to Macedonia Jewry
He was a key member of the historical team at the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the conceptual developer of the Memorial Y Tolerancia in Mexico City.
For his work in journalism, he won the Simon Rockower Memorial Award of the American Jewish Press Association three times, in three different categories during a two-year period.
has been featured on Nightline, the Jim Lehrer Newshour and the Today Show, as well as National Public Television.
Berenbaum takes special pleasure in his work as a teacher.
course at Georgetown
was named by the student newspaper as one of the ten most important courses in the University.
Among his former students was the famed American entertainer, Pearl Bailey, who wrote of Berenbaum: "The wisdom I gained from his class is priceless.
Berenbaum is a graduate of Queens College (BA, 1967) and Florida State University (PhD, 1975), and he also attended The Hebrew University, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Boston University.
has won numerous fellowships, including the Danforth Fellowship
, the George Wise Fellowship at Tel Aviv University
, and the Charles E. Merrill Fellowship at FSU
Berenbaum was an elected fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education.
He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from Nazareth College in 1995 and a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from Denison University.