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BLOCH ---- THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
appendices giving pertinent information as to the officers, benefici-
aries and publications of the Fund. The book also serves as the
saga of a son of a Jewish immigrant who built a two-billion-dollar
mail-order business upon the assumption that an expanding sense
of needs was the sign of a happy and prosperous people. The life
and work of Julius Rosenwald have gone a long way toward
building a unified American life.
The generation of Rosenwald is one which gave rise to the
professional social worker in American life. I t was also the genera-
tion of pioneers in Jewish social service in this country. One of
those pioneers was Charles S. Bernheimer. His
Half a century in
community service
(N. Y., Association Press, 1948) is the personal
narrative of one who has done much in a pioneering effort to
give meaning and status to a profession that has slowly but surely
been gaining the recognition it well merits. I t is rich in accounts
of men who contributed so much to the growth and development
of the American Jewish community which is so active in all phases
of social endeavor: relief, rehabilitation, education, religious and
cultural advancement.
An account of another pioneer in Jewish social work, written
for children, is offered in
Lillian Wald
,
angel of Henry Street
, by
Beryl Williams [Mrs. Samuel Epstein], illustrated by Edd Ashe
(N. Y., Messner, 1948). I t is an account of a remarkable Jewish
woman who embraced a world, forgetting without prejudice that
the world contained also those who are close to her by ties of
blood. There is little that is essentially Jewish in this story of a
Jewess except as she dealt in large measure with immigrant Jews.
To some extent this is equally true of the late Dr. S. S. Goldwater
who, though a distinguished physician, devoted virtually his entire
professional life to the management of hospitals and was recognized
the world over as an authority on hospital planning and adminis-
tration. With the aid of his disciples, Drs. E. M. Bluestone, J. J.
Golub and Joseph Turner, his widow brought together a group of
his papers which comprise the volume
On hospitals
(N. Y., Mac-
millan, 1948). I t is rich in material born of experience with the
sick and the poor in various hospitals and especially in Mount
Sinai Hospital, the greatest of Jewish hospitals in this country.
Unique in the field of Jewish social service was the role of the
late Mrs. Stephen S. Wise. She founded the Jewish Child Adoption
Committee; created the Women’s Division of the American Jewish
Congress; established Refugee Houses for the victims of Nazi
persecution and battled for equality and justice for Americans
of every race and faith.
Legend of Louise;
the life story of Mrs.
Stephen S. Wise, by James Waterman Wise (N. Y., Jewish
Opinion, 1949), while a tribute to her memory, dwells largely on