This Day in Jewish History Brandeis University's Inauguration

Brandieis is open to all, but it has always struggled to balance its strong reputation for Jewish studies and its appeal to Jewish students with its desire for diversity and multiculturalism.

On this day in 1948, the inaugural ceremony for Brandeis University took place in Waltham, Massachusetts, west of Boston, on the site of the campus of the failed Middlesex University. Named for Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941), the first Jew to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, and an American Zionist leader, the university was established with the support of Jewish sponsors, but has always been...