Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld (
February 6 1913- April 15 1996) was a rabbi within the movement of Reform Judaism. As well as being a prominent rabbi he also embraced social activism in many forms.
After marrying Toby Lelyvald - a scholar of Shakespeare [ [http://www.baltimoresecularjews.org/omaha-blues/ Review of "Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop", Bob Jacobson, 2005.] ] - he moved to live in
Omaha, Nebraska, where he led a congregation, before moving to New York, where he took on organizational rabbinic roles, including heading up the national Hillelorganization. He also served as Rabbi in Cincinnatifor a time. He also served as president of the Zionist Organization of Americafrom 1944.
From 1958 until 1986, he served as rabbi of
Fairmount Templein the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood, Ohio[ [http://www.fairmounttemple.org/history.htm "Temple History," Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007] ] .
Unusually in the Reform movement he voiced his support for the recognition of the
State of Israel[ [http://secure.britannica.com/eb/topic-335630/Arthur-Lelyveld "Britannica Yearbook 1997", obit.] ] in 1946, lobbying Harry S Trumanto that end. [ [http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/media/features/11547/index1.html "The Scoop of His Life", Stephen J. Dubner, New York Magazine, February 2006] ] He was also active in attempts to create harmonious relations between Jewsand blacks in the United States. He was active in the registration of black voters in the South during the 1960s. During the Freedom Summerof 1964 he was beaten with a tire iron by segregationists in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/03/books/review/03OZICKL.html?ex=1174276800&en=050f5b7259709c03&ei=5070 "Review of "Omaha Blues", Cynthia Ozick, New York Times, April 3, 2005.] ] [ [http://media.www.gcsunade.com/media/storage/paper299/news/2002/12/06/Variety/Exhibit.Captures.Freedom.Summer.Of.64-339213.shtml "Exhibit captures Freedom Summer of '64", Joseph Tkacik, The Colonade, 12/6/02.] ]
Second World WarLelyveld was a pacifistand conscientious objector, though he did propose sending a Jewish relief force to Europe. [Ibid.] He headed the "Jewish Peace Fellowship" a coalition - formed in 1941 - of a number of groups of Jewish antiwar activists. [ [http://www.jewishpeacefellowship.org/jpfpublications1.htm "L'Chaim to Life" - a history of the Jewish Peace Fellowship, Isador B. Hoffman.] ]
Lelyveld retired from the rabbinate in 1986 and died 10 years later.
His son was the executive editor of the
New York Times, and Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Joseph Lelyveld.
* "A study of the Tanya of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Ladi." AJ Lelyveld, Hebrew Union College, 1939.
* "The Virtues of Uncertainty", A Lelyveld, Journal of Higher Education, 1950.
* "Religion in Higher Education", A Lelyveld, Journal of Higher Education, 1952.
* "A Collection of Chapel Sermons", A Lelyveld, Journal of Higher Education, 1956.
* "Punishment: For and against, A Lelyveld, New York: Hart, 1971.
* "The Virtues of Uncertainty: The Role of the University in Training for Social Welfare", A Lelyveld, Journal of Higher Education, 1979.
* "The unity of the contraries: paradox as a characteristic of normative Jewish thought", AJ Lelyveld, Syracuse University, 1984.
*"Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop", Joseph Lelyveld, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
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