Professor Ephraim Kanarfogel of Teaneck, the E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law at Yeshiva University, has been appointed to an international academic advisory board. The group will advise the Rhineland region in Germany about designating the Jewish communities of Speyer, Worms, and Mainz as a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization World Heritage Center.
The advisory board will document the creativity and cultural heritage of medieval Ashkenazim through their monuments, documents, and existing culture.
Rabbi Kanarfogel, described by the Prime Minister of Rheinland-Pfalz as “the leading authority in the world today on Jewish intellectual history during the High Middle Ages,” will join other academics from Europe and Israel in this project.
“This is a striking and well-deserved tribute to Professor Kanarfogel’s stellar contribution to the study of medieval Ashkenazic rabbinic culture and a demonstration of the exceptional quality of YU’s faculty and offerings in Jewish studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels,” said Dr. David Berger, the Ruth and I. Lewis Gordon Professor of Jewish History and dean of YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.