Harry Joshua Stern: A Rabbi's Journey

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Author/collaborator
Title
Harry Joshua Stern: A Rabbi's Journey
Abstract
Rabbi Harry Joshua Stern (1897-1984) was born in Lithuania. He came to Montreal from Pennsylvania in 1927 when he was appointed rabbi of Temple Emann-El, Montreal's first Reform (liberal) Jewish congregation. He retired in 1972. Rabbi Stern preached the principles of Reform Judaism with an emphasis on the social responsibility. During the Depression he chastised factory owners, including some of his own congregants, for firing employees in order to hire cheaper labor from rural areas. He also supported adult education, establishing the College for Jewish Studies the year after his arrival in Montreal. Rabbi Stern hired Jews of various stripes, including avowed socialist David Lewis (1909-1981), to teach both adults and children. Rabbi Stern also exchanged pulpits with Protestant ministers and had regular contact with French Catholics.
Place
New York, NY
Publisher
Bloch Publishing Company
Date
1981
Language
en
Citation
Cleator, Kenneth Irving. Harry Joshua Stern: A Rabbi’s Journey. New York, NY: Bloch Publishing Company, 1981.
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