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J E W I S H L I T E R A R Y A N N IV E R S A R I E S , 1 9 6 5
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EWISH life in modern times has been influenced greatly by
institutions created to serve the multifarious needs of our
community. This year’s anniversary list contains many names
which we associate with institutions they have brought into being
or furthered. Here we think of men like Solomon Schechter,
Cyrus Adler and Louis Finkelstein, so intimately connected with
the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Bernard Revel,
of Yeshiva University, and Abraham A. Neuman, of Dropsie
College. Their own labors in the field of Jewish scholarship as
well as the work of the many disciples they raised over the
years redound to the credit of American Judaism. On the other
hand we recognize also American Jewry’s free-lancer par excel­
lence, Maurice Samuel, who while free of institutional commit­
ment has become an institution in his own right.
Israel Brodie, Jacob Kaplan and Abraham Isaac Kook have
served as spiritual leaders of great Jewish communities abroad.
From the classic period of modern Jewish learning in the past
century, we recall Isaac Hirsch Weiss, Abraham Berliner, Samuel
Hirsch, Samuel David Luzzatto, and Samuel Joseph Fuenn. Early
writers in languages other than Hebrew and Yiddish were Salo-
mone Fiorentino and Benedict David von Arnstein. Among
creative writers in Hebrew and in Yiddish we have Isaac Loeb
Peretz, Joseph Lichtenbaum, Chone Gottesfeld, Zvi Cahn, Jacob
Botoshansky, Vladimir Jabotinsky, Micah Joseph Berdyczewski,
Isaac Dob Berkowitz, and Fischel Bimko.
They are all worthy of our attention as we observe their
anniversaries.
Chronological List
January: 3, Uriah Zevi Engelman; 13, Abraham W. Binder; 24,
Harry Schneiderman.
February: 4, Salomone Fiorentino; 8, Maurice Samuel; 9, Isaac
Hirsch Weiss.
March: 4, Lee J . Levinger; 8, Simon Bernfeld; 10, Menahem M.
Kasher; 11, Georg Yosef Herlitz; 17, Isaac Rivkind; 21, Max
Isidor Bodenheimer; 22, Abraham Weiss.
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