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Manuscript Collection No. 153
Rabbi and author, Bernhard Felsenthal was born in Muenchweiler, near Kaiserslautern, Germany on January 2, 1822. He was educated in Kaiserslautern and Munich, then taught for a decade in a small Jewish congregational school. In 1854 he emigrated to the United States. He was rabbi and teacher in Madison, Indiana for three years. In 1858 he moved to Chicago, Illinois and was employed by a bank. He participated in the founding and early development of Chicago's Sinai Congregation and became its first rabbi in 1861. In 1864 Felsenthal declined reelection and became rabbi of newly founded Zion Congregation in West Chicago, where he remained for 23 years. In 1887 he was elected rabbi emeritus and retired to the life of a scholar. Felsenthal was an early champion of reform Judaism and also an early advocate of Zionism. He advocated the foundation of the American Jewish Historical Society; and as a corresponding member of the Chicago Historical Society he read a paper concerning the Israelites of Chicago in 1863. Felsenthal died in Chicago on January 12, 1908.
Collection containing correspondence, writings, sermons, lectures, family history, memorials, and travel notes.
Terms of Access and Use
The Bernhard Felsenthal Papers are open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
Property and Literary Rights
Various donors, by the act of donating the Bernhard Felsenthal Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by Bernhard Felsenthal and his heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.
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Originals and photocopies.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Bernhard Felsenthal Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-153. Bernhard Felsenthal Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Bernhard Felsenthal Papers were received from various donors.
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.
Einhorn, David -- 1808-1879
Felsenthal, Bernhard -- 1822-1908
Jewish sermons, American
Jews -- Illinois -- Chicago
Reform Judaism -- 19th century
Zion Congregation (Chicago, Ill.)