Arthur Hertzberg received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1943 and a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1966. He has taught at Princeton, Rutgers, Columbia, and Dartmouth. Since 1991, he has been the Bronfman Visiting Professor of the Humanities at New York University.
In addition to his academic posts, Rabbi Hertzberg served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force from 1951 to '53 and rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Englewood, New Jersey, from 1956 to 1985, where he remains as rabbi emeritus. He has also served as president of the American Jewish Policy Foundation since 1978, president of the American Jewish Congress from 1972 to '78, and vice president of the World Jewish Congress from 1975 to 1991.
Rabbi Hertzberg is a co-editor of "Essays on Jewish Life and Thought" (1959) and the author of "The Zionist Idea" (1959), "The Outbursts That Await Us" (1963), "The French Enlightenment and the Jews" (1968), which won the first Amran Award as the best work of nonfiction in the Jewish field, "Judaism" (1961), "Being Jewish in America" (1978), "The Jews in America" (1989), "Jewish Polemics" (1992), "At Home Only With God" (1993), "The Zionist Idea" (1997), and, with Aron Hirt-Manheimer, "Jews: The Essence and Character of a People" (1998).
Rabbi Hertzberg has been married to the former Phyllis Cannon since 1950. They are the parents of two daughters.