A Voice That Spoke for Justice
The Life and Times of Stephen S. Wise
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In the first half of this century, a talented and charismatic leadership restructured the American Jewish community to meet the demands and opportunities of a pluralistic, secular society. The work of this generation of titans still guides the current modes of American Jewish life. The last of these giants was the influential reformer Stephen S. Wise--a progenitor of American Zionism, creator of the American and World Jewish Congresses, and founder of the Jewish Institute of Religion. As rabbi of the Free Synagogue, Wise led the fight for a living Judaism responsive to social problems.
This engrossing study is more than a chronicle of an ethnic community's adjustment to a host society. Thanks to Melvin Urofsky's painstaking research, it succeeds in revealing the true story behind a legendary and controversial figure in American Jewish history.
Melvin I. Urofsky, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Virginia Commonwealth University, co-edited the highly acclaimed five-volume collection, Letters of Louis D. Brandeis, also published by the State University of New York Press.