H-Judaic is deeply saddened to learn, from Menachem Butler, of the untimely passing of Prof. Steven M. Lowenstein (1945-2020), for many years the Isadore Levine professor of Jewish history at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, now known as American Jewish University. Prof. Lowenstein had been ill for several years, The Leo Baeck Institute, which holds Prof. Lowenstein's papers, provides on the CJH website the following biographical information:
"Steven Lowenstein, scholar, teacher, and a writer was born in New York in 1945 into a family of German –Jewish refugees. He received his master’s degree from Princeton University in 1969 and went on earning a doctorate degree from Princeton University in 1972. He taught at a number of universities, including Columbia University and Monmouth College, and worked as a researcher at YIVO and the Leo Baeck Institute. In the late 1970s Dr. Lowenstein moved to California where he taught Jewish history at the American Jewish University. He is the author of a large number of scholarly works, including The Jewish Cultural Tapestry: International Jewish Folk Traditions; The Berlin Jewish Community: Enlightenment, Family and Crisis, 1770-1830; and Frankfurt on the Hudson: The German-Jewish Community of Washington Heights, 1933-1983, Its structure and Culture." Prof. Lowenstein was a careful and extremely dedicated scholar who was well-respected by those who knew him in the field of Modern Jewish history. We extend deepest condolences to his family, colleagues, and students.
Jonathan D. Sarna