Lelyveld, Arthur J., 1913-1996

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1913-02-16
Death 1996-04-15

Biographical notes:

Senior rabbi of Anshe Chesed Congregation in Beachwood, Ohio, from 1958 to 1986, and senior rabbi emeritus from 1986 until his death in 1996. He played key roles in national and local Jewish organizations and fought actively for civil rights. He married Teela C. Stovsky Himelfarb in 1965. She was active as a volunteer leader and fundraiser for numerous organizations in the Cleveland area. Teela Lelyveld was also active as a professional model, television host, and public relations representative.

From the description of Arthur J. Lelyveld papers, series III, 1944-2007. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 311800613

Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld served as senior rabbi of Anshe Chesed Congregation (Fairmount Temple) in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, from 1958-1986. Throughout his career he played key roles in national and local Jewish organizations and actively fought for civil rights. A native of New York City, Lelyveld received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1933, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College in 1939. From 1939-1944, he served congregations in Hamilton, Ohio, and Omaha, Nebraska. From 1944-46 he was Executive Director of the Committee on Unity for Palestine, and from 1946-1956 served as Associate National Director, and then National Director, of B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations. He also played leadership roles in a number of other national Jewish organizations, including American Jewish Congress, Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the Synagogue Council of America. On the local Cleveland level, he served in various capacities on the Cleveland Jewish Welfare Fund, the Jewish Community Federation, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Cleveland Chapter, and the Cleveland Board of Rabbis. Lelyveld was also the author of Atheism is Dead and of numerous monographs and articles. He was active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, participating with other Cleveland clergy in voter registration efforts in Mississippi and serving as a minister-counselor to the Council of Federated Organizations under the auspices of the Commission on Race and Religion of the National Council of Churches. While serving in this capacity, Lelyveld was severely beaten. He also delivered the eulogy at the funeral of slain civil rights worker Andrew Goodman in 1964.

From the description of Arthur J. Lelyveld papers, series II, 1884-1999 and undated. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 44949805

From the description of Arthur J. Lelyveld papers, 1901-1993 (1950-1987). (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 43781197

Rabbi Arthur Joseph Lelyveld (1913-1997), Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Anshe Chesed Congregation (Fairmount Temple) in Beachwood, Ohio, served that congregation as Senior Rabbi from 1958 to 1986. Throughout his career he has played key roles in national and local Jewish organizations and has actively fought for civil rights. Born in New York City, Lelyveld received his B.A. from Columbia University in 1933, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College (Cincinnati) in 1939. He served as rabbi of Congregation B'nai Israel, Hamilton, Ohio, from 1939-1941, and as rabbi of Temple Israel, Omaha, Nebraska, from 1941-1944. From 1944-1946 Lelyveld was Executive Director of the Committee on Unity for Palestine, from 1946-1947 and 1948-1956, respectively, he served as Associate National Director, and National Director, of B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations. From 1956-1958 he served as Executive Vice-Chairman of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. While serving as rabbi of Fairmount Temple, Lelyveld played leadership roles in a number of national organizations. Among these were: American Jewish Congress (national president, 1966-1972), the Central Conference of American Rabbis (executive board, national vice-president, 1973-1975, president, 1975-1977), and the Synagogue Council of America (national vice-president, 1975-1979, national president, 1979-ca.1981). Among the positions that Rabbi Lelyveld has held on the local level are the following: General Chairman of the 1963 Cleveland Jewish Welfare Fund Campaign, Board of Trustees of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, (1960s), Executive Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Cleveland Chapter (1960s), and second president of the Cleveland Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Lelyveld is the author of Atheism is Dead (1968, 1970, 1985), and of numerous monographs. He has contributed articles to numerous books including: The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia (1939-1941), Religion and the State University (1958), and Retrospect and Prospect: Position of the Jew in the Modern World (1964). In addition, he has contributed articles and reviews to numerous journals including: American Jewish Archives, Jewish Book Annual. Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Jewish Communal Service, Journal of Reform Judaism, Judaism, and The Reconstructionist. Throughout his career Rabbi Lelyveld has been active in the civil rights movement. Following the lynching in Mississippi of civil rights worker Andrew Goodman, the son of friends, Lelyveld joined other Cleveland clergy on a voter registration drive in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. On this trip, in the summer of 1964, Lelyveld served as a minister-counselor to the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) under the auspices of the Commission on Race and Religion of the National Council of Churches. While serving in this capacity Lelyveld was severely beaten by segregationists.

From the guide to the Arthur J. Lelyveld Photographs, 1880-1995, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

From the guide to the Arthur J. Lelyveld Papers, 1901-1993, 1950-1987, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

From the guide to the Arthur J. Lelyveld Papers, Series IV, 1942-1973, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Rabbi Arthur Joseph Lelyveld (1913-1997), Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Anshe Chesed Congregation (Fairmount Temple) in Beachwood, Ohio, served that congregation as Senior Rabbi from 1958 to 1986. Throughout his career he has played key roles in national and local Jewish organizations and has actively fought for civil rights. Born in New York City, Lelyveld received his B.A. from Columbia University in 1933, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College (Cincinnati) in 1939. He served as rabbi of Congregation B'nai Israel, Hamilton, Ohio, from 1939-1941, and as rabbi of Temple Israel, Omaha, Nebraska, from 1941-1944. From 1944-1946 Lelyveld was Executive Director of the Committee on Unity for Palestine, from 1946-1947 and 1948-1956, respectively, he served as Associate National Director, and National Director, of B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations. From 1956-1958 he served as Executive Vice-Chairman of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. While serving as rabbi of Fairmount Temple, Lelyveld played leadership roles in a number of national organizations. Among these were: American Jewish Congress (national president, 1966-1972), the Central Conference of American Rabbis (executive board, national vice-president, 1973-1975, president, 1975-1977), and the Synagogue Council of America (national vice-president, 1975-1979, national president, 1979-ca.1981). Among the positions that Rabbi Lelyveld has held on the local level are the following: General Chairman of the 1963 Cleveland Jewish Welfare Fund Campaign, Board of Trustees of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, (1960s), Executive Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Cleveland Chapter (1960s), and second president of the Cleveland Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Lelyveld is the author of Atheism is Dead (1968, 1970, 1985), and of numerous monographs. He has contributed articles to numerous books including: The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia (1939-1941), Religion and the State University (1958), and Retrospect and Prospect: Position of the Jew in the Modern World (1964). In addition, he has contributed articles and reviews to numerous journals including: American Jewish Archives, Jewish Book Annual. Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Jewish Communal Service, Journal of Reform Judaism, Judaism, and The Reconstructionist. Throughout his career Rabbi Lelyveld has been active in the civil rights movement. Following the lynching in Mississippi of civil rights worker Andrew Goodman, the son of friends, Lelyveld joined other Cleveland clergy on a voter registration drive in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. On this trip, in the summer of 1964, Lelyveld served as a minister-counselor to the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) under the auspices of the Commission on Race and Religion of the National Council of Churches. While serving in this capacity Lelyveld was severely beaten by segregationists.

click here to view the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History entry for Anshe Chesed

From the guide to the Arthur J. Lelyveld Photographs, Series II, 1917-1979, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Rabbi Arthur Joseph Lelyveld (1913-1997), Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Anshe Chesed Congregation (Fairmount Temple) in Beachwood, Ohio, served that congregation as Senior Rabbi from 1958 to 1986. Throughout his career he has played key roles in national and local Jewish organizations and has actively fought for civil rights. Born in New York City, Lelyveld received his B.A. from Columbia University in 1933, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College (Cincinnati) in 1939. He served as rabbi of Congregation B'nai Israel, Hamilton, Ohio, from 1939-1941, and as rabbi of Temple Israel, Omaha, Nebraska, from 1941-1944. From 1944-1946 Lelyveld was Executive Director of the Committee on Unity for Palestine, from 1946-1947 and 1948-1956, respectively, he served as Associate National Director, and National Director, of B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations. From 1956-1958 he served as Executive Vice-Chairman of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. While serving as rabbi of Fairmount Temple, Lelyveld played leadership roles in a number of national organizations. Among these were: American Jewish Congress (national president, 1966-1972), the Central Conference of American Rabbis (executive board, national vice-president, 1973-1975, president, 1975-1977), and the Synagogue Council of America (national vice-president, 1975-1979, national president, 1979-ca.1981). Among the positions that Rabbi Lelyveld has held on the local level are the following: General Chairman of the 1963 Cleveland Jewish Welfare Fund Campaign, Board of Trustees of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, (1960s), Executive Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Cleveland Chapter (1960s), and second president of the Cleveland Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Lelyveld is the author of Atheism is Dead (1968, 1970, 1985), and of numerous monographs. He has contributed articles to numerous books including: The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia (1939-1941), Religion and the State University (1958), and Retrospect and Prospect: Position of the Jew in the Modern World (1964). In addition, he has contributed articles and reviews to numerous journals including: American Jewish Archives, Jewish Book Annual. Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Jewish Communal Service, Journal of Reform Judaism, Judaism, and The Reconstructionist.

Throughout his career Rabbi Lelyveld has been active in the civil rights movement. Following the lynching in Mississippi of civil rights worker Andrew Goodman, the son of friends, Lelyveld joined other Cleveland clergy on a voter registration drive in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. On this trip, in the summer of 1964, Lelyveld served as a minister-counselor to the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) under the auspices of the Commission on Race and Religion of the National Council of Churches. While serving in this capacity Lelyveld was severely beaten by segregationists.

Rabbi Lelyveld married Teela C. Stovsky Himelfarb (b. 1935 ) in 1965. Teela Lelyveld was active as a volunteer leader and fundraiser for many organizations in the Cleveland area. She was also active professionally as a model, television host, and public relations representative.

From the guide to the Arthur J. Lelyveld Papers, Series III, 1944-2007, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Rabbi Arthur Joseph Lelyveld (1913-1977), Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Anshe Chesed Congregation (Fairmount Temple) in Beachwood, Ohio, served that congregation as Senior Rabbi from 1958 to 1986. Throughout his career he has played key roles in national and local Jewish organizations and has actively fought for civil rights.

Born in New York City, Lelyveld received his B.A. from Columbia University in 1933, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College (Cincinnati) in 1939. He served as rabbi of Congregation B'nai Israel, Hamilton, Ohio, from 1939-1941, and as rabbi of Temple Israel, Omaha, Nebraska, from 1941-1944. From 1944- 1946 Lelyveld was Executive Director of the Committee on Unity for Palestine, from 1946-1947 and 1948-1956, respectively, he served as Associate National Director, and National Director, of B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations. From 1956-1958 he served as Executive Vice Chairman of the America Israel Cultural Foundation. While serving as rabbi of Fairmount Temple, Lelyveld played leadership roles in a number of national organizations. Among these were: American Jewish Congress (national president, 1966-1972), the Central Conference of American Rabbis (executive board, national vice president, 1973- 1975, president, 1975-1977), and the Synagogue Council of America (national vice president, 1975- 1979, national president, 1979-ca.1981).

Among the positions that Rabbi Lelyveld has held on the local level are the following: General Chairman of the 1963 Cleveland Jewish Welfare Fund Campaign, Board of Trustees of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, (1960s), Executive Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Cleveland Chapter (1960s), and second president of the Cleveland Board of Rabbis.

Rabbi Lelyveld is the author of Atheism is Dead (1968, 1970, 1985), and of numerous monographs. He has contributed articles to numerous books including: The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia (1939-1941), Religion and the State University (1958), and Retrospect and Prospect: Position of the Jew in the Modern World (1964). In addition, he has contributed articles and reviews to numerous journals including: American Jewish Archives, Jewish Book Annual, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, J ournal of Higher Education, Journal of Jewish Communal Service, J ournal of Reform Judaism, Judaism, and The Reconstructionist . Throughout his career Rabbi Lelyveld has been active in the civil rights movement. Following the lynching in Mississippi of civil rights worker Andrew Goodman, the son of friends, Lelyveld joined other Cleveland clergy on a voter registration drive in Hattiesburg, Mississipi. On this trip, in the summer of 1964, Lelyveld served as a minister counselor to the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) under the auspices of the Commission on Race and Religion of the National Council of Churches. While serving in this capacity Lelyveld was severely beaten by segregationists.

Additional biographical compilations about Rabbi Lelyveld (including honorary degrees, awards, more complete publications listings, articles about Lelyveld, and more up to date listing of activities) are located in this collection in Container 12, Folder 243, as well as in Who's Who in America .

From the guide to the Arthur J. Lelyveld Papers, Series II, 1884-1999, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Loading...

Loading Relationships

Information

Permalink:
http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w60001f2
Ark ID:
w60001f2
SNAC ID:
42506896

Subjects:

  • Lelyveld, Arthur J., 1913-1997
  • Rabbis--Ohio--Cleveland
  • Jewish sermons
  • Union of American Hebrew Congregations
  • Jews--Ohio--Cleveland
  • Stokes, Carl.--Photographs
  • B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations
  • Central Conference of American Rabbis
  • Reform Judaism
  • Reform Judaism--Ohio--Cleveland
  • Zionists--Ohio--Cleveland
  • Goodman, Andrew, 1943-1964
  • Lelyveld family
  • Meir, Golda, 1898-1978--Photographs
  • Jews--Ohio--Beachwood--Photographs
  • Mississippi Freedom Project
  • Reform Judaism--Ohio--Beachwood--Photographs
  • Jewish women
  • Anshe Chesed Congregation (Cleveland, Ohio)--Photograph collections
  • Civil rights workers
  • Synagogues--Ohio--Beachwood--Photographs
  • Synagogues--Ohio--Cleveland
  • Synagogues
  • Zionists
  • Zionism
  • Civil rights movements--Mississippi
  • Jewish sermons--Ohio--Cleveland
  • Lelyveld, Teela C. Stovsky Himelfarb, 1935-
  • Lelyveld, Arthur J., 1913-1996
  • Lelyveld, Arthur J., 1913-1996--Photograph collections
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
  • Jewish women--Ohio--Cleveland
  • Reform Judaism--Ohio--Cleveland--Photographs
  • Rabbis--Ohio--Cleveland--Photographs
  • Rabbis' spouses
  • Civil rights workers--Mississippi
  • Rabbis' spouses--Ohio--Cleveland
  • Synagogue Council of America
  • Anshe Chesed Congregation (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Synagogues--Ohio--Cleveland--Photographs
  • Council of Federated Organizations (U.S.)
  • Jewish Community Federation (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Lelyveld family--Photograph collections
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Cleveland Branch
  • American Jewish Congress
  • Jews
  • Rabbis
  • Jews--Ohio--Cleveland--Photographs
  • America--Israel Cultural Foundation
  • Civil rights movement
  • Rabbis--Ohio--Beachwood--Photographs

Occupations:

not available for this record

Places:

  • Ohio--Cleveland (as recorded)
  • Mississippi (as recorded)
  • Ohio--Cleveland (as recorded)
  • Ohio--Cleveland (as recorded)