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In later editions, he had his name deleted from the title page,
explaining characteristically, “I felt that Jesus and Thomas
Jefferson were sufficient names for one title-page.”
Of lesser importance but nevertheless significant, were the two
books in the nature of compilations he published about this
time. One was
The Voice of America on Kishineff,
a volume of
over five hundred pages expressing the American feeling of
outrage at the Russian atrocities at Kishineff, articulated in
the press and from the pulpit, including also other addresses
and resolutions passed at public meetings throughout the land.
The other volume was of a festive mood, a collection of the
addresses commemorating the 250th anniversary of the settle-
ment of Jews in New York City. This volume was published by
the American Jewish Historical Society as Number 14 of its
These minor publications and his more comprehensive work
with the
Jewish Encyclopedia
came about as a result of a major
project which led him to divide his time between Washington
and New York on a semi-weekly basis. It was during this period
from 1902 to 1905 that Doctor Adler, in association with Judge
Meyer Sulzberger, Jacob H. Schiff, Louis Marshall and other
New York notables, effected the reorganization of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of America under the spiritual leadership
of Solomon Schechter as president of the faculty and under
Adler’s administrative control as president of the Board of
Trustees. This co-dominion endured only three years from 1902
to 1905, when Doctor Schechter assumed his full role as president
of the Seminary and Dr. Adler returned to Washington and the
Smithsonian Institution on a full-time basis.
President of Dropsie College
The future of Cyrus Adler as a leader in higher education
and a coordinator of men and ideas was clearly indicated. It
was now obvious that his talents could not be fully utilized
within the confines of the classroom or of pure scholarship.
However gratifying his life was in Washington, Cyrus Adler
was now too deeply committed to Jewish causes to devote his
life exclusively to Semitic scholarship and anthropology. He
made his life’s crucial decision when he accepted the challenging
post of the presidency of a new and unique institution of higher
Jewish learning, The Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate
The program of the college as outlined broadly in the will
of the founder, Moses Aaron Dropsie, fitted ideally the personal-
ity of Cyrus Adler. The College was to be basically a Jewish