Berkowitz, Henry 1857-1924

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BERKOWITZ, Henry 1857-1924


Born March 18, 1857, in Pittsburgh, PA; died February 7, 1924, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Louis and Henrietta (Jaroslawski) Berkowitz; married Flora Brunn, 1883. Education: Attended Cornell University, 1872-73; University of Cincinnati, B.A., 1881; Hebrew Union College, graduated, 1883.


Ordained Reform Jewish rabbi, 1883; rabbi of Jewish congregations in Mobile, AL, until 1888, and Kansas City, MO, 1888-92; Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia, PA, rabbi, 1892-1921. Central Conference of American Rabbis, charter member and first secretary, 1889, and member of Union Prayer Book Committee. National Conference of Charities and Corrections, Missouri representative; City of Philadelphia, member of Vice Commission, 1912, member of Board of Recreation, and vice president of Universal Peace Union and Social Purity Alliance. Also worked at a law office in Pittsburgh, PA.


Jewish Chautauqua Society (founder, 1893; chancellor, 1893-1924).


(With Joseph Krauskopf) The Union Hebrew Reader, Bloch (Cincinnati, OH), 1884.

Judaism on the Social Question, J. B. Alden (New York, NY), 1887.

Kiddush; or, Sabbath Sentiment in the Home, illustrated by Katherine M. Cohen, [Philadelphia], 1898.

The Pulpit Message, [Philadelphia], c. 1905.

The New Education in Religion, with a Curriculum of Jewish Studies, two volumes, Jewish Chautauqua Society (Philadelphia, PA), 1913.

Intimate Glimpses of the Rabbi's Career, Hebrew Union College Press (Cincinnati, OH), 1921.

Also author of The Open Bible, 1896, The Symbol of Lights, 1893, Religion and the Social Evil, c. 1910, and Quenching the Fires of Hate, 1919. Coauthor, with Joseph Krauskopf, of Bible Ethics, 1883.*

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