Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Reverend as Rabbi [Was: Sexton? Rabbi? Rev.?] #rabbinic

David Ferleger

Earlier today, Ethel Jean (Kowan) Saltz <nietgal@airmail.net> wrote:

How can I verify his being a rabbi? I have his business card and
it simply says Rev. as does the death notice.
I don't know when your grandfather lived but I do know that early in
American Judaism there were rabbis who identified and were titled as
"Rev." for "Reverend," including some well known ones who even had
that title, not "Rabbi," on their tombstones.

And Cleveland was a central place for much of the reform/change in
the early/mid 1800s in American Judaism

The book last year "American Judaism" by Sarna has a lot about this
in, I think, the 3d or 4th chapter.

On a Michigan synagogue's use of the term "Reverend" for "Rabbi,"
quoting a newspaper, see http://mi003.urj.net/history.htm : An item
in the Jackson Weekly Citizen for 20 April, 1880, page five, said
"The members of the Beth Israel Society have engaged the services of
a new rabbi - Rev. Dr. Resenoheth of St. Louis, Missouri." Nowhere
else in our archives is this man's name mentioned.

I'm no historian but these are some leads for you.

David Ferleger
Bala Cynwyd, PA

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