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David S. Ariel Papers

 Collection
Identifier: JHCP-011

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains proposals, syllabi, readings, and notes prepared by Dr. Davis S. Ariel for various courses and lectures he presented at different organizations, including Hebrew College’s adult learning program Me’ah and Cleveland College of Jewish Studies and its later iterations, as well as subject files, speeches, and writings on miscellaneous topics.

Dates

  • undated, 1980-2018

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in English and Hebrew.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for researcher use. Please contact us to request access or to make an appointment to view this collection at jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Conditions Governing Use

There may be some restrictions on the use of this collection. For more information contact jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Biographical Note

Dr. David S. Ariel was born on June 30, 1949 to Lenore and Rabbi Milton Feierstein in Brighton, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a BA in Jewish Thought in 1973 and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Jewish Studies.

From 1982 to 2007, Ariel served as the president of the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies (which later was renamed Siegal College and now is known as the Siegal Lifelong Learning program at Case Western Reserve University). From 2008 to 2014 he served as the president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, a Recognised Interdependent Centre (RIC) of Oxford University in England. Ariel later founded Ariel Learning, a Jewish learning organization, and taught courses at numerous synagogues, at the Me’ah and Kevah programs organized by Hebrew College, and various other educational, cultural, and religious centers.

Ariel authored four books: Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest, Spiritual Judaism: Restoring Heart and Soul to Life, What Do Jews Believe? and The Mystic Quest: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism.

Ariel had three children: Judah, Micah and Aviva. He died on June 16, 2018 at the age of 68.

References

  1. Materials in the collection.
  2. Carroll, Ed. "Former Siegal College president recalled as ‘visionary.'" Cleveland Jewish News June 17, 2018. https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/local_news/former-siegal-college-president-recalled-as-visionary/article_5ea4cea0-7268-11e8-afa8-f3da4642cb0f.html

Chronology

June 30, 1949
David S. Ariel is born.
1982-2007
Ariel serves as the president of the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies (later was renamed Siegal College and then Siegal Lifelong Learning program at Case Western Reserve University)
2008-2014
Ariel serves as the president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
June 16, 2018
Ariel dies.

Extent

2.5 linear feet (2 document boxes and 1 manuscript box)

Abstract

Dr. David S. Ariel was a scholar and educator who served as president of Cleveland College of Jewish Studies/Siegal College and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. This collection contains course and lecutures proposals, syllabi, readings, and notes, as well as his subject files, speeches, and writings.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Micah Ariel, June 2018 and Nita Aines and Judy Feierstein, November 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Lindsay Murphy, 2020
Title
Guide to the David S. Ariel Papers, JHCP-011
Author
Lindsay Murphy
Date
2020

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

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