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half of the 19th century. In English he edited an anthology of
the writings of Abraham Geiger, the pioneer Reform rabbi in
Germany, and supplied it with a biographical introduction. It
was published posthumously under the title,
Abraham Geiger and
Liberal Judaism
(1962).
I
saac
M.
W
ise
75th anniversary of death. Born in Steingrub, Cze­
choslovakia, in 1819, died in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 26, 1900.
The founder of the institutions of American Reform Judaism,
he had come to this country in 1846, first serving as rabbi in
Albany, N.Y., and from 1854 until his death in Cincinnati, where
he immediately established a Jewish weekly,
T he Israelite
(now
The American Israelite),
which is the oldest American Jewish
weekly in continuous publication. Belonging to the liberal faction
of the rabbinate, although not an extreme radical, he mainly
wanted to organize the American Jewish community and thus
was responsible for the establishment of the Union of American
Hebrew Congregations in 1873, the Hebrew Union College in
1875, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis in 1889.
Until his death he headed the latter two institutions.
I n
addition
to his organizational work, he was the author of numerous books
on the Jewish religion and an autobiography, published post­
humously.
Y
ehuda
Y
aar i
75th birthday. Born in Galicia, November 22, 1900.
An active member in Hashomer Hatzair, he emigrated to Palestine
in 1920, where he helped found the first Kibbutz of this move­
ment. Later he became a librarian, then a functionary of the
Keren Hayesod, finally serving in Israeli missions abroad as a
cultural attach^ and consul general. His stories describe the
struggles of the settlers after the First World War. In English
two collections of translated stories appeared,
Prisoners of Hope
(1945) and
The Covenant
(1965), as well as the novel,
When
the Candle was Burning
(1947).