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Menachem Ben-Sasson
Faction represented in the Knesset
Personal details
Born (1951-07-07) 7 July 1951 (age 72)
Jerusalem, Israel

Menahem Ben-Sasson (Hebrew: מנחם בן-ששון, born 7 July 1951) is an Israeli politician and a former member of the Knesset for Kadima. Between 2009 and 2017 he was the president of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, succeeding Menachem Magidor.[1]


Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Ben-Sasson served in a Nahal unit in Ein Tzurim and in the artillery section during his national service in the Israel Defense Forces. He went on to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he gained a BA in History and philosophy and a PhD in the History of the Jewish People in the Islamic Lands.

Ben-Sasson lives in Jerusalem, and is married with three children. In addition to Hebrew, he speaks Arabic, English, French, and German.

Academic career

After doing a post-doctorate at the University of Cambridge, he became a professor of the History of the Jewish Nation. Between 1997 and 2001 he served as rector of the Hebrew University, and represented the Association of University Heads at Knesset committees. He has served on the board of directors at Yad Vashem, as president of the World Union of Jewish Studies, and is a vice-president of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. He was also a three-time fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.[2]

Between 2009 and 2017 he was the president of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, succeeding Menachem Magidor.[1] He was in turn succeeded by Asher Cohen.[3]

Political career

Prior to the 2006 elections, Ben-Sasson was placed 20th on Kadima's list. With the party winning 29 seats, he entered the Knesset, and was appointed chairman of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. He also served as chairman of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on Wiretapping, and chairs the Lobby for Higher Education.

He lost his seat in the 2009 elections.


  1. ^ a b "Office of the President". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  2. ^ katzcenterupenn. "Menahem Ben-Sasson". Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  3. ^ "Office of the President | האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים | The Hebrew University of Jerusalem". 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2020-02-23.