With generous support from Dr. Leonard Polonsky CBE & Dr. Georgette Bennett.

In cooperation with: Combating Religious Prejudice

The Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Collection

1945-1992 (bulk 1960-1990). Manuscript Collection No. 603

Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum - Humanitarian and Interfaith Leader

Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum spent the bulk of his life working for a better world. He was a humanitarian interfaith leader who was “a Jew and a Rabbi, but his congregation was humanity: every religion, every color, every country.” Eulogized as “a father of modern Christian-Jewish dialogue,” Rabbi Tanenbaum was an internationally respected voice in humanitarian and interreligious affairs in the late 20th century. The Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Collection was donated to the American Jewish Archives in 1992 by his widow, Dr. Georgette Bennett. The collection holds a vast array of papers, newsclippings, photographs and audio-visual materials that document Rabbi Tanenbaum's life and his work in many fields: interfaith relations, human rights, Middle East peace, Soviet Jewry, race relations, and refugee rescue from the 1950s to the 1990s.

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Born in Baltimore, Md., in 1925, Tanenbaum was the son of Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Russia. His interest in interfaith relations was sparked early by stories of Eastern European pogroms told around the dinner table by his parents. He studied at the Talmudical Academy and City High School of Baltimore before entering Yeshiva University in New York at the age of fifteen. After graduating with a degree in biology, he began rabbinical studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). While a student at JTS, he started to study the roots of antisemitism among Christians and worked as an aide to Abraham Joshua Heschel, the renowned rabbi and professor of Jewish ethics and mysticism at the seminary. Tanenbaum subsequently edited several volumes of Heschel's books.  Read More >