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Manuscript Collection No. 819
Alfred Stanley Dreyfus was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1921. He received a B.A. with high honors in Classics from the University of Cincinnati, and received his Bachelor of Hebrew Letters in 1942, followed by a Master of Hebrew Letters and ordination in 1946 from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. Following ordination, he held the Heinsheimer Fellowship at Hebrew Union College, where he taught liturgy and served as Director of the College Reference Department. From 1948 to 1950, he was Counselor to the Interfaith Program, working with graduate Christian clergymen who were studying at Hebrew Union College to become teachers of Hebrew and related subjects in their seminaries. In 1951, he received a Ph.D. in Jewish Theology from Hebrew Union College. He was a Visiting Lecturer in Judaism at the Indiana School of Religion in Bloomington (1951-1956) and lectured on Judaism to medical and nursing students at the University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston. HUC-JIR honored Dreyfus with an honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1971.
Dreyfus served as the Director of Rabbinic Placement of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (1980-1991) and taught liturgy and commentaries at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for over four decades.
His long and distinguished career encompassed spiritual leadership as visiting minister of the West London Synagogue in England (summer 1949), and rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and Congregation B'nai Israel in East Liverpool, Ohio (1950-1951), United Hebrew Congregation in Terre Haute, Indiana (1951-1956), with a leave of absence from there (1951-1953) for the Chaplaincy in the U.S. Army, and Temple B'nai Israel in Galveston, Texas (1956-1965). He was the rabbi of Union Temple of Brooklyn, New York from 1965 to 1979 and was Rabbi Emeritus until 2008. He served on the Board of Governors of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the Executive Committee of the New York Board of Rabbis, and was President of the Brooklyn Association of Reform Rabbis and the Texas Assembly of Rabbis. He served on the Catholic-Jewish Relations Committee of the Diocese of Brooklyn-Queens. He was a frequent contributor of articles and reviews to theological and educational periodicals, and editor of Book of Prayers (1948, 1961) for the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods and Henry Cohen: Messenger of the Lord to mark the centennial of the birth of the noted Texas rabbi.
Dreyfus was married to Marianne Berlak, the granddaughter of Rabbi Leo Baeck, and they had two sons, Dr. James Dreyfus (Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus) of Homewood, Illinois, and the late Richard Dreyfus (Helen Bagot Dreyfus) of Houston, Texas, and five grandchildren.
A. Stanley Dreyfus passed away on 8 July 2008.
- Adapted from the HUC-JIR News, July 2008. Accessed 31 October 2011.
Sermons, correspondence, teaching material, and personal papers of Stanley Dreyfus from his years as a student through his teaching career at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
This collection is arranged in five (5) series:
Terms of Access and Use
This collection is open to all users with the exception of Box 8, Folder 23-26. Access requires the permission of the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives.
Property and Literary Rights
Marianne C. Dreyfus, by the act of donating the Stanley Dreyfus Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by the heirs of Stanley Dreyfus. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.
Dreyfus, A. Stanley. Hebrew Cemetery No. 1 of Galveston. March 22, 1965. SC-1677.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Stanley Dreyfus Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-819. Stanley Dreyfus Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Stanley Dreyfus Papers were received from Marianne C. Dreyfus, New York, N.Y. in November 2010 and May 2011.
Processed by Elisa Ho, September 2011.
This collection was arranged and described according to minimal-processing standards. Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA Online Catalog.
Persons and Families
Dreyfus, A. Stanley (Alfred Stanley), 1921-2008
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
Union Temple (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Judaism -- Relations -- Catholic Church