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WIENER / JEWISH LITERARY ANNIVERSARIES
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S.
B
en
- Z
ion
(Simhah Alter Gutmann). 50th anniversary of death. Born in
Feleneshty, Bessarabia, in 1870, died in Tel-Aviv, June 2, 1932.
From 1889 till 1905 he lived in Odessa, teaching in a modern
Hebrew school together with Bialik. With the latter he helped found
the Moriah Publishing House, whose juvenile division he headed.
He wrote a popular Hebrew reader and many children’s stories. In
1905 he settled in Palestine where he continued his literary work,
publishing mostly short stories in Hebrew. While in his early period
his themes were those of the Haskalah, criticizing the life o f the
ghetto Jew and pleading for modernization, he turned in his later
years to inspirational themes, writing historical novels with a biblical
background. He also translated works by Goethe, Schiller, and
Heine into Hebrew.
I
srael
B
e t t a n
.
25th anniversary of death. Born Kovno, Lithuania, in
1889, died in Cincinnati, August 5, 1957. In the United States since
1907, he was ordained as rabbi at the Hebrew Union College, where
he eventually became professor o f homiletics and Midrash, after
having served as rabbi in several congregations. He was the author
o f
Studies in Jewish Preaching: Middle Ages
(1939) and
The Five Scrolls
(1950). In his memory the
Israel Bettan Memorial Volume
was pub­
lished in 1961.
J
oshua
B
lo ch
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Dorbian, Lithuania, in
1890, died in New York, September 26 , 1957. In the United States
since 1907, he eventually became the chief of the Jewish Division of
the New York Public Library. In addition to several monographs on
early Hebrew printing, he wrote
O f Making Many Books
(1953 ), a
bibliography of the Jewish Publication Society of America, and
On
the Apocalyptic in Judaism
(1952). He also edited the
Journal ofJewish
Bibliography
(1938^43). A
Joshua Bloch Memorial Volume,
containing a
bibliography of his works, was published in 1960.
B
en
Z
ion
B
ok ser
.
75th birthday. Born in Lubomb, Poland, July 4, 1907. A
prominent Conservative rabbi in Forest Hills, New York, and pro­
fessor of homiletics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America,
he has written
The Legacy of Maimonides
(1950),
From the World of the
Cabbalah
(1954), dealing with Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel of
Prague,
Judaism, Profile of a Faith
(1963), and
Jews, Judaism and the
State of Israel
(1974).
P
inkhos
C
hu rg in
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Pohost, Russia, in
1894, died in New York, November 28 , 1957. In the United States
since 1915, after having spent several years in Palestine, he became a
prominent educator and Mizrachi leader in this country. He di­
rected the Teachers Institute at Yeshiva University and edited some
of the Mizrachi publications. He also established the Hebrew schol­
arly periodical
Horeb
at Yeshiva University. In the last years of his life