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Sent: Thu 4/8/2010 2:53 AM Subject: Death of Ellis Rivkin H-Judaic mourns the passing of Ellis Rivkin (1918-2011), Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History Emeritus at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Rivkin's scholarship ranged broadly through Jewish history, including books on the Pharisees, Leon de Modena, a volume entitled /What Crucified Jesus, /and his stimulating work, /The Shaping of Jewish History: A Radical New Interpretation /(1971). He had a significant following, especially within the Reform movement, and may be the only Jewish historian who had a society (The Rivkin Society) dedicated to his life and thought. The Society's website (http://rivkinsociety.com/) contains a biography of Rivkin, a video, and information concerning his scholarly and popular writings. We extend deepest condolences to Professor Rivkin's widow, Zelda, to his daughters, and to his granddaughters. Jonathan D. Sarna, Chair H-Judaic