Rabbi Max Vorspan, scholar, historian, educator and major leader in the Los Angeles Jewish community, has died. He was 86.
Vorspan died Thursday in Los Angeles of causes associated with aging.
An instructor in American Jewish history at the University of Judaism since 1953, he helped develop the school from a small teachers college and adult school into a nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate institution.
Besides teaching, Vorspan served in several administrative posts, including registrar, executive dean and provost, and held the title senior vice president. He helped create the university's department of continuing education and helped found Camp Ramah.
With Lloyd P. Gartner, Vorspan co-wrote "The History of the Jews of Los Angeles," jointly published by the Jewish Publication Society and Huntington Library. For 18 years, Vorspan hosted "Commitment," the university's weekly public affairs program on KCBS-TV Channel 2.