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Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson

Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson

Chancellor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Menahem Ben-Ben-Sasson is the Chancellor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Before serving as Chancellor, Prof. Ben-Sasson served as the Hebrew University’s thirteenth President, a position he held for eight years. Prior to serving as President, he was a Member of the Israeli Knesset, where he served as Chairman of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, and headed the Knesset Lobby for Higher Education.

From 2012-2015, Prof. Ben-Sasson represented the Hebrew University as Chairman of the Council of University Presidents in Israel. During his tenure, he promoted the role of universities as engines of growth in civil society and as incubators for elite leaders.  

Prof. Ben-Sasson is a scholar in the Department of the History of the Jewish People, in the Faculty of Humanities. A historian of the heritage of Jews in Muslim Lands, he has written some forty books and scholarly articles on a range of subjects, including Jewish Communities in Muslim Lands; the Relationship Between Religion and Economics; and Law and Spirituality as Sources of Authority in Medieval Oriental Society. He also specializes in the study of Maimonides, Geonic responsa and texts, Saadya Gaon’s works and leadership, and the Cairo Genizah.

He has been a visiting lecturer at leading institutions in the United States, including Yeshiva University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the University of Pennsylvania. 

After earning a PhD in Jewish History at the Hebrew University, Ben-Sasson completed his post-doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. He later served as Hebrew University Rector and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.   

Prof. Ben-Sasson is a past editor and editorial board member of a range of scholarly publications. He has served as President of the World Union of Jewish Studies, Vice-President of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Chairman of the Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East, and on the board of directors at Yad Vashem.

Prof. Ben-Sasson’s honors include an honorary doctoral degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Yitzhak Ben-Zvi Prize for Jewish History, and the Feher Prize for the Study of Jewish Heritage.

Prof. Ben-Sasson lives in Jerusalem and speaks Hebrew, Arabic, English, French and German. He is married and has three children and six grandchildren. 

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