Arthur Kurzweil

Arthur Kurzweil

American writer, editor, publisher, educator and illusionist.
Country: USA

Biography of Arthur Kurtzweil

Arthur Kurtzweil, an American writer, editor, publisher, educator, and illusionist, was born in New York City. He developed a passion for literature at a young age and published his first article at the age of 15. His reflections on youth issues from the perspective of a young person were published in a national publication.

Arthur Kurzweil

Kurtzweil received his education from Hofstra University, where he obtained a bachelor's degree, and Florida State University, where he earned a master's degree in library science. Alongside his studies, he continued to pursue his interest in literature and published articles for various publications, including Jewish-themed ones like 'National Jewish Monthly' and 'The Jewish Almanac'. His interest in Jewish culture and roots gradually evolved into an interest in genealogy as a science, partly inspired by Alex Haley's book 'Roots: The Saga of an American Family'.

In 1979, Kurtzweil wrote a key article for 'New York' magazine, focusing on the origins of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. He not only wrote his own articles but also served as an editor for other works. He played a role in the editing of the book 'Behold a Great Image: The Contemporary Jewish Experience', which won first prize at a book exhibition in Philadelphia. The book was the result of a national level photo project aiming to create an accurate depiction of the lives of modern Jews. Kurtzweil and the other winners of the exhibition donated their prizes to charitable causes.

From 1984 to 2001, Kurtzweil held the position of editor-in-chief, publisher, and vice president at 'Jason Aronson Publishers'. During his tenure, over 650 books were published on a wide range of topics, mostly related to Jewish culture. In 2001, he became a consultant on Jewish issues at 'Jossey-Bass'.

Kurtzweil not only actively follows the latest trends in Jewish culture but also considers it his duty to educate others on various aspects of this culture. He regularly gives lectures on Talmud, Kabbalah, and genealogy, often speaking at Jewish educational conferences, synagogues, schools, universities, and Jewish community centers. His lectures are consistently well-received, and Kurtzweil is regarded as one of the most important Jewish educators in the world.

In 1977, Kurtzweil founded the first Jewish Genealogical Society and later co-founded the journal of Jewish genealogy, 'Toledot', with Steven W. Siegel. This initiative gained traction quickly, and now there are over 80 similar societies worldwide.

During his free time, Kurtzweil indulges in an unusual hobby – practicing magic tricks. His love for "practical magic" originated from his father, who introduced him to a magic shop. Kurtzweil is a member of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.