Zigmond, Maurice L.

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Rabbi, b. 1904.

From the description of Papers, 1909-1980. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70944236

Rabbi Maurice L. Zigmond (1904-1998)

Rabbi Maurice L. Zigmond, or “Ziggy” as he was known to friends and colleagues, was born in Denver, Colorado on March 5, 1904. His parents, Joseph and Esther Zigmond, were Hungarian immigrants. In addition to Maurice, they had a daughter, Helen, and another son, Isador Jerome.

Rabbi Zigmond graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1925 and went on to study at Hebrew Union College, where he was ordained as a Rabbi in 1929. In 1941, he earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University, and later received an honorary D.D. (Doctor of Divinity) from Hebrew Union College. In addition, he was a member of both Phi Beta Kappa (an honorary scholastic society) and Sigma Xi (an honorary scientific society), and was a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association.

Although Rabbi Zigmond taught Anthropology at Yale from 1948-1961, he began his career as a counselor for Jewish college students in 1935, eventually establishing and directing several Hillels throughout his professional career. In 1941, he created the Hillel Foundations at both Yale and the University of Connecticut. From 1947-1968 he was the Hillel Director at Harvard and Radcliffe, and from 1950-1969, he was the New England Regional Director of B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations. In 1955, for one year, he served as the Director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Zigmond was also a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and its Editorial Board; the Book Committee of the General Theological Library in Boston, Massachusetts; the Civic Unity Committee of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the Regional Board of the World University Service.

In 1940 he married Kate (Levy); they had two sons. Rabbi Zigmond died at the age of 94 on June 12, 1998 in Belmont, Massachusetts.

  • March 5, 1904: Born in Denver, Colorado.
  • 1925: Received B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati.
  • 1929: Ordained as a Rabbi from Hebrew Union College.
  • 1935: Began counseling career with Jewish college students.
  • 1940: Married Kate Levy.
  • 1941: Received Ph.D. from Yale University.
  • Established Hillel Foundations at Yale and the University of Connecticut.
  • 1947 - 1968 : Director of the New England Hillel, Harvard and Radcliffe.
  • 1948 - 1961 : Lecturer in Anthropology, Yale University.
  • 1950 - 1969 : New England Regional Director, B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations.
  • 1955 - 1956 : Director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
  • 1957: Received Honorary D.D. (Doctor of Divinity) from Hebrew Union College.
  • June 12, 1998: Died at home in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Footnotes 1Information used in this finding aid is from the following sources:1910 United States Census. No Page. Web. 12 Apr 2012. <https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MKWY-18G>.1920 United States Census. No Page. Web. 12 Apr 2012. <https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MX2F-XCZ>. Materials from the collection. "Rabbi Maurice Zigmond Dies at 94." Harvard University Gazette. 17 Sept 1998: no page. Web. 12 Apr. 2012. <http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/1998/09.17/Obituaries.html>. Accessed April 10 2012.

From the guide to the Rabbi Maurice L. Zigmond (1904-1998), Papers, undated, 1943-1964, (American Jewish Historical Society)

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associatedWith American Council of Learned Societies. Committee on Native American Languages. corporateBody
associatedWith B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations corporateBody
associatedWith B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations. New England Regional Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Brandeis University corporateBody
associatedWith Fenton, William N., (William Nelson), 1908-2005 person
associatedWith Haas, Mary R., (Mary Rosamond), 1910-1996 person
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Kaplan, Mordecai Menahem, 1881-1983 person
associatedWith Lounsbury, Floyd Glenn person
associatedWith Lown, Philip W., 1890- person
associatedWith Radcliffe College corporateBody
correspondedWith Sachar, Abram Leon, 1899-1993 person
associatedWith Shapiro, Judah Joseph, 1912- person
associatedWith Simmons College (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sturtevant, William C. person
associatedWith Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967 person
associatedWith Tufts University corporateBody
associatedWith University of Connecticut corporateBody
associatedWith University of Virginia. Hillel Jewish Center. corporateBody
associatedWith Voegelin, C. F. (Charles Frederick), 1906-1986 person
associatedWith World University Service corporateBody
associatedWith Yale University corporateBody
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New England
New England
Boston (Mass.)
Cambridge (Mass.)
United States
New Haven (Conn.)
College students
Jewish college students
Peace movements
Vietnam War, 1961-1975


Active 1909

Active 1980


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