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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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D a v id N e u m a r k
50th anniversary of death. Born in Szczerzec, Poland,
in 1866, died in Cincinnati, December 15, 1924. Trained for the
liberal rabbinate in Germany, he eventually became professor of
philosophy at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. His par-
ticular field of interest was medieval Jewish philosophy. His ma-
jor works appeared in Hebrew, German, and English, among the
latter a collection of his essays.
J e s a i a s P r e s s
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Jerusalem, Feb-
ruary 24, 1874, died there in 1955. A prominent educator in Pal-
estine, he devoted his literary work to the geography and history
of Palestine. He published guide books, a geography of Palestine,
a four-volume topographic-historical encyclopedia of Palestine,
and a history of the Laemmel School in Jerusalem, which he
headed. He also edited a quarterly on Jerusalem for several years.
Posthumously a collection of his studies and his memoirs were
published.
A b r am L e o n S a c h a r
75th birthday. Born in New York, February 15,
1899. A trained general historian, he became the organizer of the
B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations, which have had such a great im-
pact on the Jewish students at universities throughout the world.
He was the first president of Brandeis University, the only gen-
eral secular institution of higher learning under Jewish auspices
in this country. His major work has been
A History of the Jews,
first published in 1929 and updated several times since. Recently
The Course of Our Times
, a review of current history, first given
as a course at Brandeis, then broadcast over educational television,
where it was highly acclaimed, made its appearance.
Hayim (Jefim) Schirmann 70th birthday. Born in Kiev, Russia, Oc-
tober 18, 1904. After studying in Germany, he settled in Palestine
in 1934. Already in Germany he had been active in the Institute
for the Study of Hebrew Poetry, endowed by Salmann Schocken,
and he continued his work there when it was moved to Jerusalem.
Eventually he became professor of medieval Hebrew poetry at
the Hebrew University and headed its Institute of Jewish Studies.
He has been editor of the important journal
Tarbiz,
which deals
with Jewish studies in general. In addition to publishing editions
of the major medieval Hebrew poets, he has devoted much at-
tention to recovering fragments of Hebrew poetry from the Ge-
nizah.
K a lm a n S c h u lm a n
75th anniversary of death. Born in Bychov, Rus-
sia, in 1819, died in Vilna, January 15, 1899. An educator in
Vilna for many years, he was an adherent of the Haskalah and
devoted himself primarily to popularizing modern knowledge for
the Hebrew reading public. Among other works he wrote a nine-