The faculty experience

Judah Monis (1683-1764), a Jewish scholar and educator, was the first instructor of Hebrew at Harvard, where he taught from 1722 to 1760.

For information about the religious and social context of Monis’s presence at Harvard, see Chapter 3. “A Jew Rarely Comes Over to us but he Brings Treasures with him”: The Conversion and Harvard Career of Judah Monis in Hoberman, Michael. New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America. University of Massachusetts Press, 2011.


Harry Wolfson (1887-1974) was the Nathan Littauer Professor of Jewish History and Philosophy at Harvard from 1925 to 1958.