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JEWISH LITERARY ANNIVERSARIES
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of American Jewry is highlighted by the
centenary of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations,
whose establishment paved the way for the founding two years
later of the first permanent American rabbinical seminary, the
Hebrew Union College. It served not only as the parent body of
that institution which attracted many outstanding scholars, among
them Jacob Z. Lauterbach, and among whose alumni were men
like Judah Leon Magnes and Abraham Jehiel Feldman, but also
stimulated the publication of an extensive series of religious school
texts which were utilized even outside the Reform communities.
Sabato Morais was the first president of the Jewish Theological
Seminary, the training school for Conservative rabbis. Its faculty
has included the late Louis Ginzberg and more recently Harold
Louis Ginzberg and Saul Lieberman.
Another type of American Jewish institution is the Hebrew
Teachers College, which has helped to advance the knowledge of
Judaism among the young. Eisig Silberschlag and Julius H.
Greenstone have been important leaders in this endeavor.
Modern Hebrew literature is bound up inextricably with the
name of Hayyim Nahman Bialik. A ll contemporaryy Hebrew
writers look to him as their master. Among the living Israeli
writers, are Hayyim Hazaz, Elijah Meitus, Jeshurun Keshet,
Emanuel Bin-Gorion, and Ephraim Zoref.
An important figure in Yiddish literature was Morris Rosenfeld,
the poet of the sweatshop; another writer in Yiddish was the
dramatist Perez Hirschbein.
These are just some of the men who have enriched the literary
heritage of our people.
Chronological List
Without definite date: Israel Zinberg.
January: 4, Chaim Joshua Kasovsky; 6, Jacob Z. Lauterbach;
7, Emil G. Hirsch; 8, Eisig Silberschlag; 11, Hayyim Nahman
Bialik; 22, Max Nordau; 30, Haim Zeev Hirschberg.
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