Enelow, H. G. (Hyman Gerson), 1877-1934

Hyman Gerson Enelow was born in Kovno, Lithuania, October 26, 1877, the son of Leopold and Matilda Marver Enelow. In 1893 Enelow's father emigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago, where he operated a small tobacco manufacturing business. At first, Enelow planned to remain in Europe in order to attend the University of Heidelberg. These plans changed and Enelow followed his father to Chicago a short time later.

With the help of Rabbis Emil G. Hirsch and Joseph Stolz, both of whom were impressed by his mental abilities, Enelow was admitted to the University of Chicago. After attending the University of Chicago for two years, Enelow decided to attend Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in order to study for the rabbinate. Enelow's superior academic skills, especially his knowledge of Hebrew, enabled him to be admitted to the Collegiate Department of the college in September, 1895. In 1897 he received a B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati and, in 1898, was ordained by Isaac M. Wise.


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