Martin Perlmutter OBM

Founding Director, Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program

Marty Perlmutter OBM came to the College of Charleston in 1979 after teaching Philosophy for most of the seventies at the University of Texas in Austin. A native of New York City, Marty graduated CCNY in 1964 and took his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Illinois. Marty chaired the Department of Philosophy at the College for eight years before becoming director of the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program in 1991. Marty’s academic interests were in ethics, particularly medical ethics, philosophy of religion, and Jewish thought.

Marty graduated Yeshiva University High School and studied for many years at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  He helped create the Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston and was integrally related to its growth.  He was especially proud of its unique administrative structure which oversees Jewish student life, community outreach, and an academic program with both a major and a minor, travel opportunities, and a designated Jewish Studies faculty, including three endowed chairs.

Marty passed away in January 2023. See more here