About: Prof. Yehuda Friedlander, former Rector of Bar-Ilan University, is Professor of Hebrew Literature and Comparative Literature and Head of the Shimshon Feldman Chair for the History and Culture of Eastern European Jewry.
Professor Yehuda Friedlander was elected Rector of Bar-Ilan University in 1996 till 2000. Prior to his election he served as Chairman of the Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literatures, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, and Dean of the Faculty of Jewish Studies. His dedication as a teacher is known throughout Israeli and American academic circles. He takes great pride in the fact that so many of his own students have achieved eminence on the Israeli literary scene.
Professor Friedlander`s election to the post of Rector, the highest academic post in any Israeli university, was more than a reflection of his talent for organisation and administration or his reputation as a gifted teacher. Professor Friedlander ranks among the foremost students of Modern Hebrew Literature in the world. He is the author of eight books and over 200 articles and the editor of 25 books dealing with Hebrew Literature, and has served in visiting posts at Brandeis and Harvard University. He is recipient of the Talpir Prize in Hebrew Literature, the Berenstein Prize, and most recently, the coveted Kariv Prize for Literary Criticism. In adition to his achievements in the field of Hebrew Literature he was elected to the Shimshon Feldman Chair of the History and Culture of East European Jewry, to the Joseph Orgler Chair of Religious Zionism, and to the Z. Warhaftig Institute for Religious Zionism.