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1922, it has in recent years added a liberal arts college to its pro-
gram to meet the ever growing need for rabbinic and lay leader-
ship in American Jewry. One of its outstanding teachers has been
the historian of Jewish literature, Meyer Waxman.
J
o se ph
H
e rm a n
H
ertz
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in
Rebrin, Slovakia, September 25, 1872, died in London in 1946.
Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British
Empire, he imparted vigorous leadership to his community. His
best-known works are the anthology
A Book of Jewish Thoughts
and his editions of the Pentateuch and Haftarot as well as the
Prayerbook, with English translation and commentary.
W
il h e lm
H
erzberg
.
75th anniversary of death. Born in Stettin,
Germany, in 1827, died in Brussels, Belgium, April 20, 1897.
Director of the Mikveh Israel Agricultural School and an orphan
asylum in Palestine, he wrote a popular defense of Judaism in
the form of a novel, which appeared in English translation under
the title
Jewish Family Papers.
H
o c h sc h u l e
f u e r
d ie
W
is se n sc ha ft
des
J
u d e n t u m s
.
100th
anniversary of founding. Opened in Berlin, May
6
, 1872, closed
during the Nazi period in 1942. It was the first rabbinical semi-
nary to train Liberal rabbis, one of its first teachers being Abraham
Geiger, the mentor of Liberal Judaism in Germany in the 19th
century. Among the surviving teachers of its latest period are
Abraham Heschel in New York, Alexander Guttmann in Cin-
cinnati, Harry Torczyner (Tur-Sinai) and Chanoch Albeck of
the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
S
a u l
H
u rw it z
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Uvarovitshi,
Russia, in 1860, died in Berlin, August 10, 1922. A modern Hebrew
writer and journalist, he espoused the Zionist cause and a rethink-
ing of the fundamentals of Judaism. He also translated Moses
Hess’s
Rom und Jerusalem
into Hebrew.
M
oses
I
sserles
.
400th anniversary of death. Born in Cracow,
Poland, early in the 16th century, died there May 1, 1572. A
prominent rabbinic teacher in his generation, he is best known
as the author of the
Mapah
(The Table Cloth) to Joseph Caro’s
Shulhan Arukh
(The Prepared Table), a supplement to the code
for use of the Ashkenazic Jews.
J
ew ish
D
a il y
F
orw ard
(Forverts). 75th anniversary of found-
ing. First published in New York, April 22, 1897. It is the most
important Yiddish newspaper in the United States. Like many
of the immigrants to whom it addressed itself, it has had a Socialist
coloration. For a long time it opposed Zionism, but in the last
decades it has become reconciled to the Jewish national movement.
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