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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
1961
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HIS COMING year we shall celebrate anniversaries of quite
a few contemporary figures, some of whom combined their
literary work with vigorous activity in other spheres of endeavor.
In this connection, David Ben-Gurion stands out most prominent-
ly, along with his countrymen Shmuel Dayan and Shlomo Zem-
ach. Outside Israel, Henry Shoshkes and Sir Leon Simon fall into
the same category. Mordecai M. Kaplan and Julian Morgenstern
are religious leaders who in word as well as in action have brought
their influence to bear on American Jewry. The diamond anni-
versary of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America is further
proof of our link with a millennial tradition. The bicentennial
of the first Jewish prayer-book printed in America, the first any-
where to be published in English, points up the problem of re-
planting the seeds of our heritage in a new world. Going back
further, we come to the 400th return of the birthday of Joel
Serkes, the Halachist. In the more recent past, we recall Leopold
Zunz, the founder of modern Jewish studies, and his younger
contemporary, Ludwig Philippson, the great popularizer. Leopold
Kompert in the West was a counterpart to the Yiddish writers of
Eastern Europe. Of periodicals, the Greek
Chronica Israelita
arouses our curiosity. Among current Hebrew writers we include
Yehudah Burla and Yaakov Cahan, also Harry Torczyner, the
Bible scholar and literary heir of Eliezer Ben-Yehudah.
Chronological List
January: 3, Maurice J. Karpf; 16, Philip Blackman; 22, Moses
J«ng•
February: 4,
The Sentinel,
Chicago; 12, Peter Wiernick.
March: Juda Perahia: 1, Arthur Goodhart; 17, Leopold Zunz,
Harold F. Rubinstein, Julian Morgenstern.
April: Gerson Rosenzweig.
May: 1, Henry Shoshkes; 15, Mark Schweid; 22, Richard J. H.
Gottheil, Leopold Loew; 27, Nathan Michael Gelber; 28,
Yaakov Cahan.
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