Institute for Judaic Studies of the Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 7 PM
Chapel of Congregation Neveh Shalom
2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland, OR 97239

Shaul Stampfer
Rabbi Edward Sandrow Professor of Soviet and East European Jewry
and Past Chairman of the Department of Jewish History
at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

"An Unhappy Community and an Even Unhappier Rabbi: The Sad Story of the Last Chief Rabbi from Warsaw"

R. Jacob Gesundheit was the last chief rabbi of Warsaw. He was appointed to the position in 1870 and fired in 1873. While there were many rabbis in Warsaw, no rabbi ever was given the position of chief rabbi after that date. Not surprisingly, the story of his hiring and firing says a lot about him — and even more about Warsaw Jewry and what the rabbinate meant (and didn't mean) to them.

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