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This profile was last updated on 4/17/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Dr. William H. Fineshriber

Wrong Dr. William H. Fineshriber?

Associate Rabbi


Employment History


  • Hebrew Union College
18 Total References
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History of Temple Israel, 17 April 2008 [cached]
Anticipating the eventual retirement of their longtime rabbi, the congregation hired William Fineshriber as an associate rabbi who would take eventually take over the senior position.
William Fineshriber took over religious leadership of Children of Israel.
Fineshriber was the congregation's first native-born rabbi and the first one to be ordained by Hebrew Union College. A very popular rabbi whose sermons covered a wide array of subjects, Fineshriber was not afraid to discuss the controversial issues of the day. When the debate over teaching evolution reached its peak in Tennessee in the 1920s, Fineshriber devoted three consecutive sermons to the subject, drawing large crowds. He also spoke out against racial violence and hatred. After a particularly brutal lynching in Memphis in 1917, Fineshriber convened a congregational meeting, and got the members to endorse a public condemnation of the attack, which ran in a local newspaper. From the pulpit, he denounced the Ku Klux Klan as a threat to American principles and more dangerous than "Bolshevism. Fineshriber's statements helped to encourage over civic leaders to oppose the Klan, which never took deep root in Memphis. In 1924, Rabbi Fineshriber left Children of Israel for the bigger stage of Philadelphia's Keneseth-Israel.
Keneseth Israel History/Archives, 22 April 2010 [cached]
In 1924, Dr. William H. Fineshriber was called to the pulpit of Keneseth Israel. He was the first American-born rabbi to serve the congregation and introduced both the Union Prayer Book and the Bar Mitzvah to KI. Dr. Fineshriber was succeeded in 1949 by Dr. Bertram W. Korn, who grew up in Keneseth Israel.
History | Temple Israel [cached]
William H. Fineshriber (1915-1924)
Temple Israel Senior Rabbi William Fineshriber (1915-1924)
Temple Israel 1915-1924 [cached]
Rabbi William FineshriberTemple Israel 1915-1924
1915-1924 Rabbi William H. Fineshriber
Rabbi William H. Fineshriber
In 1911, Dr. William Fineshriber came to Memphis to fill the recently created position of Associate Rabbi . Soon after, the Congregation resolved to find a proper location and build a new Temple.Rabbi Fineshriber's beautiful stand-up desk can be admired today in the Adult Lounge and Library.
Rabbi Max Samfield is seated on the extreme left, and Rabbi William H. Fineshriber is standing in the center of the middle row.
Middle Row, standing: Simon Jacobs, Rabbi William H. Fineshriber, Mrs. Hirsch Morris, David Sternberg.
History | Temple Israel [cached]
William H. Fineshriber (1915-1924)
Temple Israel Senior Rabbi William Fineshriber (1915-1924)
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