Jacobs, Steven L(eonard) 1947-

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JACOBS, Steven L(eonard) 1947-


Born January 15, 1947, in Baltimore, MD; son of Ralph Albert (a journeyman printer) and Ruth (an accounting specialist; maiden name, Buchler) Jacobs; married August 22, 1990; wife's name, Louanne (a professor); children: Hannah Beth, Naomi Rachel, Shea Clayton. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1969; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, B.H.L. and M.A.H.L., 1974, D.H.L., 1990. Politics: Liberal. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Reading, travel.


Home—P.O. Box 861693, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0015. Office—212 Manly Hall, University of Alabama, Box 870264, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0264. E-mail—[email protected]


Associate rabbi of Jewish congregation in Dallas, TX, 1976-77; rabbi of congregations in Mobile, AL, 1977-84, Birmingham, AL, 1984-90, and Huntsville, AL, 1990-2001; University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, associate professor, 2001—. Alabama Holocaust Commission, member.


International Association of Genocide Scholars.


Brotherhood Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews (now National Conference for Community and Justice), 1987; Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Award, 1988.


(Translator) Shirot Bialik (poetry), Alpha Publishing, 1987.

(Editor) Rabbi Lemkin's Thoughts on Nazi Genocide, Edwin Mellen Press (Lewiston, NY), 1992.

(Editor) Contemporary Christian and Jewish Religious Responses to the Shoah, University Press of America (Lanham, MD), 1993.

Rethinking Jewish Faith, State University of New York Press (Albany, NY), 1994.

(Editor, with Samuel Totten) Pioneers of Genocide Studies, Transaction Books (Piscataway, NJ), 2002.

(Editor, with Samuel Totten and Paul R. Bartrop) Teaching about the Holocaust: Essays by College and University Teachers, Praeger (Westport, CT), 2004.

Contributor of more than fifty articles and reviews to periodicals.


Research on hate literature and religion and genocide.


Steven L. Jacobs told CA: "I grew up in a home full of books and thus, at a very early age, developed a love of reading. Literature continues to open up to and for me worlds beyond my own, intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, as well—both works of factuality and works of fiction.

"The most surprising thing about writing is how truly difficult it is to communicate so very clearly those things about which one is passionate. I have no particular favorite regarding anything I have written. I truly hope my own written contributions will stimulate others to think about the issues with which I am concerned and, as a result, engage others in the conversation."