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
"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