Born: Breslau, (Wrotzlav), 1932
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 1969
M.S.W. New York University, 1962
B.A. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1960
In 1970 joined the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In 1976 was promoted to the tenure position of Senior Lecturer.
In 1980 was promoted to Associate Professor and since
1988 is a full professor at the Hebrew University where he founded a new sub discipline specializing in “psychology and religion”. He has written dozens of articles and 10 books which were translated into many languages including English, French, Portuguese and Japanese.
Today his books are being used in most of the educational institutions that focus on Jewish philosophy, social welfare, psychology and education.
In the International Encyclopedia of Judaism published in the year 2000, he wrote the entry on “Psychology and Judaism”.
Prof. Rotenberg taught in major universities, including University of Pa., University of Ca., Berkeley, the Jewish Theological Seminary, City University of N.Y. (as a Fulbright professor) and at Yeshiva University.
He served as an academic consultant in South Africa, Japan, Australia and South America. He was also engaged in many organizational activities which included lecture tours as a scholar in residence, as well as initiating the founding of the Academic Jewish Professors (ZAC) in the USA.
Drawing on his book on Fundamentalism, in 1999 he conducted some unique dialogues in Egypt to explore the interfaith-educational lessons that might be learned from the idea of the Jewish Midrash that succeeds to neutralize religious dogmatism by adhering to the pluralistic principle of interpretation. Since 2002 he has participated in similar dialogues in Israel, Croatia and Turkey.
Professor Mordechai Rotenberg is awarded the Israel Prize
Professor Mordechai Rotenberg of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was awarded the 2009 Israel Prize for research in social welfare.
The Israel prize panel judges described him as a unique and creative researcher who has developed an original theoretical model which he derived from psychological interpretations of Hasidic and Midrashic concepts that pertain to research in social welfare and other areas within the social sciences.
He imparts his theory of Jewish Psychology to future generations via his many books and ground breaking articles, via The Rotenberg Institute, via the program of Jewish Social Welfare which he founded at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and via his increasing number of students that apply his treatment paradigms within their clinical practice.