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Creating American Reform JudaismLife and Times of Isaac Mayer Wise$
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Sefton D. Temkin

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774457

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774457.001.0001

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President of Hebrew Union College

President of Hebrew Union College

23. President of Hebrew Union College
Creating American Reform Judaism

Sefton D. Temkin

Sefton D. Temkin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter follows Isaac Mayer Wise into the presidency of Hebrew Union College. He left the second Council of the Union (1875) with his rapturous enthusiasm undimmed. He was showing congregational presidents and boards of trustees how by helping the union they would be helping themselves, as the union would ‘exert its influence to get every Israelite to observe the Sabbath and to be a member of the congregation’, and would supply the congregations with rabbis to whose oratory it would be a feast of reason to listen. After the board of governors resolved formally to appoint Wise president of Hebrew Union College, he performed his services gratuitously, and his only assistant was Solomon Eppinger, who had been on the staff of the Talmud Yelodim Institute. Though there was no ready-made grandeur surrounding the presidency, Wise responded in a tone which suggests that the official appointment affected him deeply.

Keywords:   Hebrew Union College, college presidency, rabbis, Reform Judaism, Solomon Eppinger, speeches

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