During this period, Dr. Altshuler was an academic adviser to several museums, including the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 1979, he also began teaching at the Foreign Service Institute of the United States Department of State, where from 1993 until 2006 he held the rank of Distinguished Visiting Lecturer.
Dr. Altshuler became Founding Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City in 1986. He guided the establishment of that institution until its public opening in 1997 and continued as its CEO until the end of 1999.
From 2000 until 2003, Dr. Altshuler was President of The Trust for Jewish Philanthropy. The Trust was established in January 2000 as the venture philanthropy partner of the United Jewish Communities [now called Jewish Federations of North America], which represents and serves 156 Jewish federations and 400 independent Jewish communities across North America. At The Trust, Dr. Altshuler promulgated a new vision for the global Jewish community that focused on creative, collaborative philanthropic partnerships.
An Emmy Award winner, in 1986 Dr. Altshuler received the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences award for Outstanding Individual Achievement as a Writer in the News and Documentary competition for his work on the script for a PBS special, “The Precious Legacy.” The script was based on Dr. Altshuler’s publication, The Precious Legacy: Judaic Treasures from the Czechoslovak State Collections. Among Dr. Altshuler’s other publications are The Jews of Washington DC: A Communal History Anthology and a high school textbook entitled Hitler’s War against the Jews. He also was Chairman of the Board of Consulting Editors for The Encyclopedia of Judaism.
Born in Connecticut, Dr. Altshuler earned BA and MA degrees in religious studies at Brown University and a PhD in the history of Judaism at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.
Since 1973, Dr. Altshuler has been married to Linda Altshuler, who serves as Director of Development in NY for the American Technion Society. She previously was Founding Director of The Hadassah Foundation and Executive Director of The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT and the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Museum in Washington, DC. They have two adult children.