Highlights of Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg’s career

Highlights of Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg’s career

19’1 — Arthur Hertzberg is born in southeastern Poland. Five years later, his family moves to Youngstown, Ohio, and then to Baltimore, Md.

1943 — Hertzberg is ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

1956 — Hertzberg is appointed to Temple Emanu-El, a Conservative synagogue in Englewood

1963 — Hertzberg joins other civil rights activists in a march in Washington, where he witnesses the Rev. Martin Luther King’s "I have a dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

1971 — Hertzberg is chair of the first Jewish delegation to formally meet with the Vatican regarding the Church’s actions during the Holocaust.

197′-1978 — Hertzberg serves as president of the American Jewish Congress

1975-1991 — Hertzberg serves as the vice president of the World Jewish Congress.

‘003 — In an oped piece in the New York Times, Hertzberg calls for the Bush administration to deduct the costs of Jewish settlements in the disputed territories from the annual aid given to Israel.


Rabbi Hertzberg wrote and edited ground-breaking books, including:

"The Zionist Idea: A Historical Analysis and Reader," 1959

"Judaism," 1968

"Being Jewish in America," 1987

"The French Enlightenment and the Jews: The Origins of Modern Anti-Semitism,’ 1990

"Jewish Polemics," 199′

"Jews: The Essence and Character of A People," 1999

"Jews in America: Four Centuries of an Uneasy Encounter: A History," 1997

"A Jew in America: My Life and a People’s Struggle for Identity"

"The Fate of Zionism: A Secular Future of Israel and Palestine," ‘003

—Compiled by Josh Lipowsky

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