New York, The Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1939. Item #31880
8vo. 194 pages. Front, plates, ports. In English. Contents: Semi-centennial address, by Cyrus Adler. --Tradition in the making: the seminary's interpretation of Judaism, by Louis Finkelstein. --The beginnings of the seminary, by H. P. Mendes. --Sabato Morais, a pupil's tribute, by J. H. Hertz. --Memories of Solomon Schechter, by C. I. Hoffman. --The buildings of the seminary, by J. B. Abrahams. --The academic aspect and growth of the rabbinical department, the seminary proper, by Israel Davidson. --The library, by Alexander Marx. --The teachers institute and its affiliated departments, by M. M. Kaplan. --The seminary museum, by A. S. W. Rosenbach. --Directors of the seminary, by S. M. Stroock. --The seminary as a cultural center, by F. M. Warburg. --The seminary as a center of Jewish learning, by Louis Finkelstein. --The charter of the seminary: act of incorporation. --Directors of the library corporation. --Faculty, rabbinical department. --Faculty, teachers institute and seminary college of Jewish studies. --Faculty, Israel Friedlaender classes. SUBJECT (S) : Seminaries. Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Adler, was a (1863–1940) , U. S. Jewish scholar and public worker. Adler was born in Van Buren, Arkansas, son of a cotton planter. In 1867, upon his father's death, Adler and his family moved to Philadelphia, where they lived with Mrs. Adler's brother, David Sulzberger. They were members of the Sephardi Congregation Mikveh Israel, and its atmosphere, together with the influence of Adler's uncle and his cousin, Mayer Sulzberger , did much to shape Cyrus Adler's religious traditionalism and devotion to scholarship. Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1883, Adler thereafter studied Assyriology under Paul Haupt at Johns Hopkins University. He taught Semitics at the university, becoming assistant professor in 1890. Meanwhile, he had joined the Smithsonian Institution, and became librarian there in 1892. Two years before, he had been sent to the Orient as special commissioner of the Columbian Exposition. Adler took part in the founding of the Jewish Publication Society of America (1888) , serving as chairman of its various committees throughout his life. He was responsible for the establishment of the Society's Hebrew press. Adler was also a founder of the American Jewish Historical Society (1892) , and its president for more than 20 years. He edited the first seven volumes of the American Jewish Yearbook (1899–1905; the last two vols. With H. Szold) and was a departmental editor of The Jewish Encyclopedia (1901–06) . (EJ, Temkin) Ex-library, some markings inside front cover. Some wear to edges, otherwise in very good condition (AMR-45-2).