Why Jewish Lives?

LEON D. BLACK
“I think there is a hunger for books that zero in on the fascinating questions at the core of the Jewish experience, whether secular or religious.”

LEON D. BLACK
Leon D. Black Foundation

Leon Black, whose foundation has underwritten this project, was first inspired by a question put forth by one of his sons about the meaning of Jewish identity, and believes that the Jewish Lives book series can increase our understanding of what it means to be Jewish. As has said, "I think there is a hunger for books that zero in on the fascinating questions at the core of the Jewish experience, whether secular or religious. And the spectrum of lives that will be included in this project is astonishing -- defining figures in literature, religion, philosophy, politics, cultural and economic life, as well as the arts and sciences. I see this library of biography as a powerful opportunity for Jewish families, congregations, schools, and general readers to enrich with pride their understanding of Jewish life through history. "