Fred Rosenbaum speaks about his book, Taking Risks, the story of Joseph Pell who was a partisan fighter during World War II. Joseph made his way to California after the war and eventually founded Moo’s Ice Cream in Richmond.
Fred Rosenbaum, the Founding Director Emeritus of Lehrhaus Judaica, led the?school for 44 years until 2017. He has written eight books on modern Jewish?history including?Cosmopolitans: A Social and Cultural History of the Jews of the?Bay Area?(University of California Press, 2009).?According to Kevin Starr, ?no?single community has contributed comparably to the rise and development of this?region?and no book tells this story better than Fred Rosenbaum?s.?
His book?Taking Risks?(with Joseph Pell) was praised by Michael Krasny as??especially compelling,? and his?Out on a Ledge?(with Eva Libitzky), an Amazon?bestseller, was deemed ?honest and piercing, unsentimental and yet deeply?moving,? by Michael Berenbaum, Founding Director of the United States?Holocaust Memorial Museum. Rosenbaum?s work has been translated into a?dozen foreign languages.
Among many honors, he won the Anne and Robert Cowan Lifetime Achievement?Award for outstanding writing on Jewish themes by a Bay Area author and was?the first educator from Northern California to receive the Award for Exceptional?Jewish Educators from the Covenant Foundation in New York.?He has taught at several Bay Area universities including the Graduate?Theological Union, lectured widely in the United States and abroad, and has?been the traveling scholar on numerous Lehrhaus study tours ? to Eastern and?Western Europe, Israel and the Middle East, South America and Cuba, the?American South, and his native New York.