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J
e w i s h
B
o o k
A
n n u a l
Union
o f
American Hebrew Congregations. 100th anniver­
sary of founding. Established July 8, 1873. The first federation of
synagogues in this country, primarily of Reform temples, has
played an important part in creating religious literature for
American Jews. One of its first tasks was to establish a training
school for rabbis, the Hebrew Union College in 1875, which
attracted prominent Jewish scholars who enriched through their
works our knowledge of ourselves. Its Commission on Education
produced a flood of religious school textbooks, used throughout
the American Jewish community.
S
im o n
W
o l f
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Hinsweiler,
Germany, in 1836, died in Atlantic City, N. J., June 4, 1923. A
lawyer in Washington, D.C., confidant of presidents, he used his
influence to protect Jewish rights, wherever they were under attack.
T o combat the claim that Jews had not participated in the Amer­
ican Civil War, he wrote
The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier,
and Citizen
(1895).
M
e n a h e m
Z
a l m a n
W
o l f o w s k y
.
80th birthday. Born in Su-
radge, Russia, August 11, 1893. One of the major Israeli writers
in prose and poetry, he also has distinguished himself by his many
translations from world literature into Hebrew.
A
aron
Z
e it l in
.
75th birthday. Born in Uvarovich, White Rus­
sia, June 3, 1898.
A
teacher at the Teachers Institute of The
Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, he has published
both in Hebrew and Yiddish, among other works was a transla­
tion of Bialik’s Yiddish poems into Hebrew.
I
srael
Z
inberg
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born near Lanvitz,
Russia, 1873, died in a Russian concentration camp in 1939. By
profession, a prominent chemist, he made Jewish literature his
avocation. In addition to contributing to the Russian Jewish en­
cyclopedia and to the Russian Jewish periodical press before
World War I, he wrote a monumental history of Jewish literature
in Yiddish, which has been translated into Hebrew in recent years.
Z
evi
Z
o h a r
.
75th birthday. Born in Poland, April 23, 1898.
He has been teaching in Palestine since 1926. As one of the
outstanding Israeli educators, he has published many books on
education and textbooks, also some works on Israeli art.
E
ph r a im
Z
oref
.
70th birthday. Born near Plonsk, Poland, June
10, 1903. In Palestine since 1926, he has been an educator, now
specializing in educational films. He has written a good many
works for young people.