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J EW I S H L I T E R A R Y ANN I V E R S AR I E S
1959- 1960
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N SURVEYING these anniversaries, several may be grouped
together to underline the quite respectable age of modern
Judaism and of American Jewish cultural endeavor.
Abraham Geiger’s 150th birthday highlights such a con­
sideration. As one who belonged to the first generation of
modern Jewish scholars and thinkers, he is joined on this list
by his contemporaries, Levi Herzfeld, Adolphe Franck, Salomon
Herxheimer, Leopold Dukes, Naftali Frankfurter, Samuel Hold-
heim and Isaak Markus Jost. In this connection also, the twenty-
fifth anniversary of Mosad Bialik (Bialik Institute) may be
recalled. This publishing house established by the Jewish Agency
for Palestine in Jerusalem in 1935 has carried on the tradition
of modern Jewish learning by issuing outstanding Hebrew works
in this field as well as Hebrew translations of the classics of the
earlier Science of Judaism.
The number of living creative American Jews also points up
the growing importance of America for Jewish culture the world
over. Here we mention Zevi Scharfstein, Henry Slonimsky, Felix
Alexander Levy, Harry Schneiderman, Lee Joseph Levinger,
Sidney S. Tedesche, Guido Kisch, Moses Marx and Abraham
Aaron Neuman.
Th e pioneer contribution of America to Jewish scholarship
is
The Jewish Encyclopedia—
to this day an unrivaled achieve­
ment. It was edited by Isidore Singer, whose hundredth birthday
is observed this year. Th is brings to mind the transfer of the
Jewish Quarterly Review
from England to America, more than
just a symbolic indication of the shifting of the center of Jewish
life from Europe to these shores. American Jewry’s coming of
age is also evidenced by the anniversaries of
The Reconstruction­
ist
and
The Jewish Spectator,
two journals which have con­
tributed much to the deepening of Jewish religious life in this
country.
Anniversaries for 1959
January: 6, Samuel Alexander; 10, Nahum Sokolow; 22, Guido
Kisch.
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