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he printed the modified Hebrew text alongside the traditional
Juedische Rundschau
80th anniversary of founding. Published in
Berlin by the German Zionist Federation from 1896 till November
1938, when all Jewish public life ceased in Germany. Since Zionism
in Germany was a very controversial matter, this weekly and later
semi-weekly newspaper fought the battle of Zionism throughout
this period. Its last editor was Robert Weltsch, a leading Zionist
thinker, now living in London. Particularly during the early years
of Nazism (1933-1938), it was a beacon of hope and comfort for
many German Jews.
K a u fm a n n K o h l e r
50th anniversary of death. Born in Fuerth, Ger­
many, in 1843, died in New York, January 28, 1926. Successively
Reform rabbi in Detroit, Chicago, and New York, he served as
president of the Hebrew Union College from 1904 till 1921. His
major work was
Jewish Theo logy
(1918), recently reprinted, and
many articles in the
Jewish Encycloped ia ,
for which he served as
department editor of theology and philosophy. Another important,
work of his was
The Origin of the Synagogue and the Church
(1929, reprinted 1973). In his generation the advocates of classi­
cal Reform looked to him for leadership, which he had shown in
calling the conference of Reform rabbis in Pittsburgh in 1885
that drew up the platform for this branch of American Judaism
that was to be replaced only half a century later.
R e b e k a h K o h u t
25th anniversary of death. Born in Kaschau, Austria-
Hungary, in 1864, died in New York, August 11, 1951. Brought to
America as a child, she married Rabbi Alexander Kohut, of New
York, well-known for his edition of the medieval Talmudic dic­
tionary by Nathan ben Jehiel of Rome. After his untimely death,
she supported her large family by engaging in teaching and social
work. In this way she was brought into contact with the leading
figures of Jewish life in America in her day. Her two autobio­
graphical works,
My Portion
(1925, recently reprinted) and
(1950) reflect the environment in which she moved.
She also wrote a memoir of her husband in 1936.
A b r a h a m S a m u e l K o i d a n o v e r
300th anniversary of death. Born in
Koidanov, Russia, ca. 1614, died in Chmielnik, Poland, June 30,
1676. He served as rabbi in Poland and in various communities in
Germany, such as Fuerth, Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbek, and
Frankfort on the Main. His principal work deals with the T a l­
mudic order
Kodash im .
He also published sermons that indicate
his inclination toward Cabala and a good many responsa dealing
particularly with the Agunah problem, that is the status of the