Cincinnati: Hirschfeld Printing Co., 1912. Poster. Item #41543
1st edition. Poster, 9x12 inches on 13 x 16 inch linen backing. Text in Hebrew, English, and Yiddish. Ibriah, a Cincinnati organization committed to Hebrew conversation and literature, was, not surprisingly, also a center of Zionist support, despite the Reform’s dominance in local Jewish thought and culture. Joan Friedman notes in a 2006 article on HUC during the period that, “The hot issue of the day during Freehof’s student and early faculty years at the College was Zionism. It was discussed in the Literary Society and everywhere else on campus. During the 1911–1912 academic year, Silver and Professor Neumark had founded a Hebrew-speaking club, Ibriah, of which Marcus was a member, though he does not mention whether Freehof was also. The CCAR had taken a firm stance against Zionism as early as 1897, although individual rabbis were outspoken Zionists.104 Kohler was a committed anti-Zionist. Nevertheless, despite his best efforts, between 1910 and 1920 the student body gradually shifted to an overwhelmingly pro-Zionist perspective as its demographics changed, world events furthered the Zionist cause, and Louis Brandeis popularized a nonideological Zionism acceptable to American Jews, including many Reform Jews” (AJAJ, LVIII, Nr ½, p. 21). Light toning, Very Good Condition. Presume quite rare. (ZION-10-12A).