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World Jewish Congress.
Memoirs in Profile
(1975) relates his reminis­
cences about prominent Zionist leaders in a lively fashion. His ability
as a raconteur is also evidenced in
Tales of the Yiddish Rialto
(1962,
1977) dealing with the writers and actors associated with the Yiddish
theater during its heyday in the early part o f the century.
J a c o b M a n n .
100th anniversary o f birth. Born in Przemysl, Galicia,
August 26, 1888, died in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1940. After traditional
studies at home, he continued his education at the University o f
London and atJews’College, the Orthodox rabbinical seminary. In
1922 he became professor o f Jewish history at the Hebrew Union
College in Cincinnati, remaining there throughout his life. His main
contribution has been the evaluation o f the Cairo Genizah materials
for a history o f medieval Jewry. From this resulted his pioneer stud­
ies, such as
TheJews in Egypt and in Palestine under the Fatimid Caliphs
(1920, 1970),
The Bible as Read in the Old Synagogue
(1940, 1971), and
The Responsa of the Babylonian Geonim as a Source ofJewish History
(first
published in the Jewish Quarterly Review, 1916-21; reprinted
1973).
C l a u d e
G.
M o n t e f i o r e .
50th anniversary o f death. Born in London in
1858, died there July 9, 1938. Scion o f the wealthy British Jewish
family, he devoted his life to study and good works. He initiated and
financed the
Jewish Quarterly Review,
the principal Jewish scholarly
journal in English during its publication in England from
1888-1908. A leading figure in radical Reform Judaism in England,
he supported that movement both in its organization and through
his writings. He was probably one of the earliest Jewish scholars to
study the New Testament. He wrote a commentary on
The Synoptic
Gospels
(1909, 1968),
Some Elements of the Religious Teachings ofJesus
(1910 Jowett Lectures; reprinted 1973), and
Rabbinic Literature and
Gospel Teaching (
1930, 1970). Nor did he neglect his Jewish heritage
as seen in his
Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated
by the Religion of the Ancient Hebrews,
delivered in the series o f the
prestigious Hibbert Lectures (1892, reprinted 1979). Most useful
today is probably
A Rabbinic Anthology,
co-edited with Herbert
Loewe in 1938, reprinted most recently in 1974.
I m m a n u e l O l s v a n g e r .
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Poland,
April 13, 1888, died in Jerusalem in 1961. Living in Palestine since
1933, he had been active in fund raising for the Keren ha-Yesod.
While a student in Switzerland, he became interested in Jewish folk­
lore. His major contributions have been, however, translations of
some o f the world’s classics into Hebrew, such as the
Bhagaradgita,
from India, Boccaccio’s
Decameron,
Dante’s
Divine Comedy,
some o f
Goethe’s poetry, and selections from Sanscrit literature. He also
published collections of Yiddish humor,
Royte Pomerantsen
(1947)