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Dr. William H. Fineshriber

Wrong Dr. William H. Fineshriber?

Rabbi

Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park , Pennsylvania 19027
United States

Company Description: The Temple Judea Museum was founded in 1984 to contain the merged Judaica collections of two Philadelphia - area synagogues, Temple Judea, and Reform Congregation...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Rabbi
    American-born
  • Associate Rabbi
    congregation

Education

  • Hebrew Union College
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www.kenesethisrael.org, 5 Oct 2014 [cached]
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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 of Temple Israel
www.msje.org, 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.
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William Fineshriber took over religious leadership of Children of Israel.
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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
www.kenesethisrael.org, 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.
The spacious marble main lobby, dedicated ...
www.kenesethisrael.org, 5 Oct 2014 [cached]
The spacious marble main lobby, dedicated to KI's fourth senior rabbi, William Fineshriber, houses portraits of the congregation's senior rabbis and stained glass windows taken from the Broad Street Temple.
History | Temple Israel
timemphis.org [cached]
William H. Fineshriber (1915-1924)
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Temple Israel Senior Rabbi William Fineshriber (1915-1924)
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